Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas
With offers from virtually everyone in all of college football, Kahlil McKenzie committed to Tennessee on July 10th at The Opening in Oregon. Thanks to a couple family ties and a relentless effort from Butch Jones, McKenzie has joined the Vols and has plans to recruit even more top talent to Knoxville. McKenzie claimed a top-2 of Arizona and Tennessee before eventually selecting the Vols. McKenzie will reportedly be ineligible for his senior season in high school after transferring from De La Salle to Clayton Valley Charter.
RTI Average: 4.75-stars
How He Fits
They don’t come much bigger than Kahlil McKenzie on every level. He possesses a rare blend of size, strength, and athleticism that is not often found at the defensive tackle position and he has the type of charismatic attitude and personality that instills confidence in his teammates. Tennessee has lacked true playmakers at defensive tackle for quite some time and McKenzie seems like the type of player who could make noise from the moment he steps on campus. He is extremely quick and strong with great play recognition skills. He also has excellent pursuit speed for his size – which is just massive – and never gives up on a play even though teams consistently try to double team him or go away from him.
Butch Jones knows he needs upper echelon defensive linemen to compete for championships and McKenzie has all the qualities you look for. Kahlil is the son of current Oakland Raiders GM and former Vol linebacking legend Reggie McKenzie. Reggie’s twin brother, Raleigh, also played linebacker and center for Tennessee. There is no doubt that these ties helped steer Kahlil to Tennessee, but credit Butch Jones and his staff for recruiting McKenzie harder than anyone else.