Knoxville, Tenn--(WVLT) The Tennessee Volunteers 2015 recruiting class got bigger and better Thursday night, as the Vols landed another defensive tackle commitment. Volunteer legacy—and 5-star defensive tackle—Kahlil McKenzie announced his commitment to the Vols football program on national television.
McKenzie made his announcement from ESPN’s high school football skills competition “The Opening.” The opening is an invite only skills competition for the nation’s best high school football players, held every summer in Oregon.
McKenzie, the son of former Vols great and current Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, is listed as one of the top defensive tackles in the nation by all the major recruiting services. 247sports.com lists the younger Mckenzie as a 5-star player, the second best defensive tackle, and tenth best player in the nation. ESPN lists him as the 11th best defensive tackle and 95th best player in the nation.
McKenzie is listed at 6’4” tall and 340 pounds. He plays his high school football in Concord, California. McKenzie told ESPN that he chose the Vols because the school felt like a second home to him and he loved everything about the school and program.
McKenzie chose Tennessee over offers from several other SEC schools, including Alabama and Florida. Texas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Arizona had also offered a scholarships.
Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones was clearly excited about the commitment. Jones twitter feed, @UTCOACHJONES, immediately tweeted, “5-star #BrickXBrick #Boom.”
McKenzie is the 20th commitment to the Volunteers 2015 class which is currently ranked 5th in the nation by Rivals.com.