Kahlil McKenzie declares for the 2018 NFL Draft

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Sunday night on Instagram, junior defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie announced his plans to forego his senior season and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

McKenzie's career highlights include: eight tackles vs. Georgia Tech in the Vols season opener, one sack at Missouri in 2015, and one forced fumble against Western Carolina in 2015. As a freshman he entered Tennessee as a five-star recruit and the nation's No. 6 overall prospect.

He becomes the third Vol from Team 121 to forego his senior season and declare for the draft. He joins John Kelly and Rashaan Gaulden.

Where do I start... I still remember the first time I put on my dads old beat up Bowl Jersey and helmet; coming to Knoxville for whatever reason to spend time with family; going to the rooftop of Neyland Stadium and getting chills looking into that empty stadium... Well, first things first, Lord thank you for everything you have blessed me with, thank you for a family that loves me, supports me and guides me, thank you for your never-ending love and the lessons you teach me everyday. Secondly, I want to say thank you to the city of Knoxville and the ENTIRE VolNation for embracing me through the ups and downs through these past 3 years. Knoxville will always be my second home and I will love y’all tomorrow as much as I do now and have my entire life. Third, I want to thank my coaches for the opportunity they gave me to attend this amazing University. I also want to thank my teammates for pushing me everyday, I love every last one of y’all. The memories I have with y’all make me smile and proud to have been your teammate. I have so much love in my heart for all of y’all and hope that you can have that same love for me at the next level. I will be foregoing my senior season and entering the 2018 NFL Draft. Lord, the rest is in Your gracious and powerful hands. Now I’m on to the next chapter!

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