Kahlil McKenzie

Kahlil McKenzie HeadshotDefensive Tackle
6-4, 340 pounds
Concord, California (Clayton Valley Charter)

Top Offers
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. 


Rivals.com: ★★★★★
Scout.com: ★★★★★
247Sports: ★★★★★
ESPN.com: ★★★★

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.


RTI articles about Kahlil

Vols in the NFL: Former Vols who signed to a practice squad

Several former Vols were signed to practice squads on Sunday after NFL teams had to make roster moves over the weekend to get down to a 53-man roster.

Vols in the NFL: the former Tennessee players that made NFL rosters

NFL teams had to trim their rosters down to 53 over the weekend. Here’s a look at how former Vols fared.

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This Week in UT Sports History – Aug. 26th-Sept.1st

Each week, we take a look back at both the good and bad that happened in Tennessee athletics in our weekly column, This Week in UT Sports History.

Chiefs GM Says McKenzie Is “Going to Look Like a 1st-Round Pick”

The GM of the Kansas City Chiefs says he believes Kahlil McKenzie “is going to look like a first-round pick” at his new position on the offensive line.

Kahlil McKenzie Drafted by Kansas City in 6th Round

Defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie became the third Vol to be taken in the 2018 NFL Draft when the Chiefs took him in the 6th round.

Predicting the NFL Draft for Vol Players

The RTI Team makes their predictions for where the Vols’ draft-eligible players will get selected in the 2018 NFL Draft this weekend.

Will Vols Have a Player Taken on Day 2 of NFL Draft?

One of the latest mock drafts for the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft has a Vol going on the second day of the draft. Will that actually happen this year?

Three Vols Make Post-Combine NFL Mock Draft

Three Vols made the full seven round post-NFL Combine mock draft by Bleacher Reports’ Matt Miller on Tuesday.

2018 NFL Combine Results for Vol Players

Take a look at how all of the Vols performed and graded out at the 2018 NFL Combine.

Two Vols Make Matt Miller’s Mock NFL Draft

Two Vols have been projected to be drafted in the full seven round NFL mock draft of Matt Miller, Bleacher Report’s chief NFL draft scout.

Vol DT Kahlil McKenzie to Forgo Senior Season and Declare for NFL Draft

In a surprising move, junior defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie announced via Instagram late Sunday night that he intends to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Kahlil McKenzie Impressed Scouts Before His Injury in 2016

According to Pro Football Focus, Kahlil McKenzie was one of the better interior defensive linemen in college football last season before his injury.

Kahlil McKenzie “Feels a Lot Better” Heading into Pivotal Season

Kahlil McKenzie says he “feels a lot better” about his body and shape he’s in heading into a crucial junior year for him and the Vols.

Tennessee Analytics: Defensive Improvement Starts at Line of Scrimmage

We take a deeper look behind the numbers behind the Vols’ defense in 2016 to see how Bob Shoop’s second season can be better than his first.

Junior Defensive Tackle Named Top 150 Player Nationally

Tennessee has one of the top 150 players in the nation on its roster, according to a new list released from NFL.com, but it might not be the top player you expect.

Tennessee Senior Bowl

Evaluating Tennessee’s Next Wave Of Draft Prospects

After six Vols were drafted in 2017, here’s a look at who could be next for the Vols.

Spring Practice Notes: 4-18-17

Some notes and observations from Tennessee’s indoor practice on Tuesday afternoon.

Notes: Butch Jones Confirms Injury For Kahlil McKenzie

Butch Jones confirmed that defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie is out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle.

Vols Prove Ducks Can Pull Trucks

The Vols proved on Saturday in a come-from-behind victory over Florida that ducks can, indeed, pull trucks.

Tennessee Position Preview: Defensive Line

A preview of Tennessee’s defensive line for the 2016 season.

5 Best Clips From Camp Thus Far

Five of the best plays we’ve caught on film through two weeks of training camp.

What’s Buzzing: Presented by Sugarlands Shine 8-9-16

Tebow tries for baseball, Kahlil McKenzie’s comments about being in shape and update from the Olympics are all in What’s Buzzing.

Friday Top 10: Players Standing Out Early in Camp

This week’s Friday Top 10 takes a look at the players standing out early in fall camp for the Vols.

VIDEO: A Lighter Kahlil McKenzie Sprints in Practice

Sometimes a video shows more than 1,000 words on the progress of a player over the course of the offseason.

Friday Top 10: Players to Watch in Fall Camp

RTI breaks down this week’s Friday Top 10 with the top 10 players to watch as the Tennessee Volunteers begin fall practice on August 1st in Knoxville.

VIDEO: Kahlil McKenzie in the Weight Room

Kahlil McKenzie put up some impressive reps in the weight room over the weekend.

Leaner McKenzie Says National Title is Vols’ Goal

A leaner version of rising sophomore defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie says the Vols are taking aim at a national title in 2016.

Kahlil McKenzie Trolls Northwestern After Blowout Win

Tennessee freshman defensive end Kahlil McKenzie trolled Northwestern after the Vols blew out the Wildcats on Friday.

Tennessee Defensive Tackles Elf Themselves

A group of Tennessee defensive tackles are featured in a hilarious “Elf Yourself” video.

PHOTOS: Vols Beat WCU With Eric Berry in Attendance

Some of the best photos from the Vols’ 55-10 win over Western Carolina as former star Eric Berry made his return to Neyland Stadium after beating cancer.

Practice Notes: 8-22-15

Some notes and observations from the open portion of practice on Saturday.

Friday Top 10: Best Pictures From Camp

Our Friday Top 10 list looks at the best pictures from camp so far – the ones that tell the story.

VIDEO: Another Dominant Rep From Kahlil McKenzie

After putting Austin Sanders on his back earlier in camp, UT freshman defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie did the same to projected starting RT Coleman Thomas.

PHOTOS: Newcomers’ First Week of Practice

Photos and observations of some of the newest faces this August for the Vols.

Friday Top 10: Early Observations From Fall Camp

Ten early observations from the first few days of Tennessee’s fall camp.

McKenzie, Bates on Athlon All-Freshman Team

A pair of Vols were selected to Athlon’s All-Freshman Team with three more receiving All-Sophomore honors.

Peak Technical Institute Stock Report: 5-26-15

We buy or sell Quinten Dormady’s chance to be the backup quarterback, who wins in a fight between Shy Tuttle and Kahlil McKenzie and more.

Friday Top 10: Impact Summer Newcomers

Our Friday Top 10 looks at the newcomers arriving on campus this summer and ranks their potential for impact.

McKenzie-Tuttle Duo About to Be a Reality for Vols

After months of anticipation in recruiting, the Vols are close to the reality of seeing the DT duo of McKenzie and Tuttle in action.

PODCAST: RTI Radio 4-10-15

We talked Tennessee’s “cost of living” aid and how it will impact recruiting, the future of the defensive line and some Masters day two results.

PODCAST: RTI Radio 3-2-15

We talked Vol hoops’ late-season skid, commented on Steve Spurrier’s tweeting ability and looked at Vols that need to take a big step in 2015.

Analyzing the Defensive Signees

A closer look at the defensive signees the Vols added on National Signing Day Wednesday.

VIDEO: Vol Signee Kahlil McKenzie Is A Beast

Vol defensive tackle signee is a 5-star for a reason. Watch him absolutely destroy some of the best players in the nation.

Peak Technical Institute Stock Report: 1-30-15

We buy or sell the timetable for the OC search, Drew Richmond’s flip potential, Bruce Pearl’s return and Vol hoops’ chances against Auburn.

PODCAST: Rocky Top Insider Radio 1-29-15

We talk Butch jones’ role in the coaching search, coaching hire timelines and the final piece or two for the Vols in the 2015 recruiting class.

McKenzie Leading the Charge to Land Drew Richmond

Kahlil McKenzie is leading the charge to help Tennessee land five-star offensive tackle Drew Richmond.

PODCAST: Rocky Top Insider Radio 1-28-15

We talk recent rumors surrounding the offensive coordinator search, Vol hoops’ loss to Arkansas, SEC recruiting and beach clubs at football stadiums.

Insider Mailing: Hell Week Edition

The Rocky Top Insider gang weighs in on your questions about life and Vols athletics in our weekly mailbag feature.

PODCAST: Rocky Top Insider Radio 1-21-15

We break down Tennessee’s huge road win over South Carolina, the NCAA controversy surrounding Donnie Tyndall and were Joined by Patrick Schmidt to talk college and NFL football.

McKenzie Puts Up Huge Numbers in the Weight Room

Tennessee five-star defensive tackle continues to put up huge numbers in the weight room.

PODCAST: Rocky Top Insider Radio 1-20-15

We talk official visitors, recruiting rankings, Orange and White Game attendance and were joined by Russell W. Smith of The Drive on 94.3FM to talk hoops, NFL Playoffs and the potential of Lane Kiffin heading to San Francisco.

Kahlil McKenzie Gives “Orange Swarm” Preview

Tennessee five-star defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie gave Vol fans a look at what could be a swarming defense in a few years.

This Weekend’s Official Visitor List for Tennessee

A look at the visitors Tennessee expects to have in over the weekend with National Signing Day just a few weeks away.

Top-Rated DL Class Ready to Work Towards Expectations

The expectations are changing at the University of Tennessee – particularly for an incoming freshman defensive line class that many are labeling

Peak Technical Institute Stock Report: 1-14-15

We buy or sell Kahlil McKenzie’ chances of flipping, Tennessee’s ability to recruit offensive linemen and the chances of Mack Crowder starting at center in 2015.

PODCAST: Rocky Top Insider Radio 1-14-15

We talked Tennessee’s huge win over Arkansas last night, looked at some sleeper football recruits for the Vols and discussed the impact of recent coaching turnover in the SEC.

Peak Technical Institute Stock Report: 1-8-15

We buy or sell QBs in the 2015 class, Barnett and Maggitt finishing in the top-3 in the SEC for sacks in 2015 and 5-star players in the 2016 class.

PODCAST: Rocky Top Insider Radio 1-8-15

We talk impact freshmen, recruiting and Tennessee’s defensive line in 2015 now that Curt Maggitt has announced his return.

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Peak Technical Institute Stock Report: 1-6-15

We buy or sell Kahlil McKenzie earning a start at DT in 2015, and Tennessee’s chances of revenge against Oklahoma when the Sooners travel to Knoxville.

Insider Mailing: New Year Edition

The Rocky Top Insider crew answers your question about UT athletics and life in general in our weekly mailbag feature.

Kahlil McKenzie Impressive at Army All-American Practice

Kahlil McKenzie is doing Kahlil McKenzie things again this week at the Army All-American Game practices.

Insider Mailing: The Kahlil McKenzie Duck Edition

The Rocky Top Insider crew weighs in on your questions about Tennessee and life in general.

McKenzie Continues to Recruit for Vols

Kahlil McKenzie’s recruiting efforts didn’t stop once he committed to the Vols in July. If anything, he’s put on more steam.

Video: Kahlil McKenzie With a Huge Bench Press

Tennessee commitment Kahlil McKenzie put up some big numbers on the bench press in a recent video.

UT’s Future D-Line Looks Scary Good

With the addition of 5-star defensive tackle Shy Tuttle on Friday afternoon, Tennessee’s defensive line continues to look better and better for the future.

Jones sends 5-star Commit McKenzie Get Well Soon Card

Five-star Vol defensive tackle commit Kahlil McKenzie, who was recently ruled ineligible for his senior season, underwent minor surgery today and Butch Jones took notice.

Tennessee’s D-Line Decline Spans a Decade

The result of a decade of decline along the defensive front, Tennessee ranked dead last in the SEC in sacks the last two seasons. It’ll be up to several newcomers to right the ship.

Rebuilding Can’t Be Spelled Without ‘DL’ For The Vols

For a program that has signed zero true 5-star defensive tackles out of high school in over a decade, Kahlil McKenzie was a huge get Thursday night.

Vols Add Big Piece in Kahlil McKenzie

Tennessee and Butch Jones added a very large piece to the 2015 recruiting class with Kahlil McKenzie. Read what his commitment means for the Vols.