Posted: 9:40 am Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Late offer may land Bulldogs a 4-star wide receiver 

By Chip Towers

Georgia has apparently come forth with a late offer for a South Florida athlete. But unlike a lot of times when that happens, this kid isn’t marginal as a recruiting prospect.

Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (5-8, 175) is a 4-star prospect out of American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla. You may have heard of his teammate — 5-star running back and UGA commitment Sony Michel. McKenzie projects as a wideout in college but also played running back in high school and showed tremendous versatility in the Under Armour All-America game. He had 24 yards of rushing on four carries as a running back, had a 75-yard kickoff return and returned a punt 28 yards for 127 all-purpose yards.

According to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports.com, who was at the school yesterday, Georgia came through with a late offer on Monday. That may or may not be due to a late opening due to a de-commitment or a target choosing elsewhere. The Bulldogs have been trying to pull Tavon Ross of Bleckley County away from Missouri. But McKenzie previously listed Ole Miss and Virginia Tech as his favorites with Florida running third.

Now with an offer from Georgia, Bartow is predicting McKenzie will sign with the Bulldogs. He’s extremely close with Michel and has always wanted to accompany him to Athens. Until now, however, Georgia didn’t have the scholarship numbers to bring him in.

McKenzie is supposed to make his announcement at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at an event at Dave & Buster’s in Hollywood, Fla. We may not know for sure until then if Bartow is correct.

88 comments
Remarkable3
Remarkable3

Wow! This kid can stop on a dime and give you change.  Then he can get back up to speed.  I hope we see him in Athens too!

BigGAdawg
BigGAdawg

This kid has a special gear that reminds me of a fighter jet kicking in the after-burners.  I really hope we see him come to Athens.  We can use the help at WR.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

I wonder how many, if any, of the kids that sign tomorrow will go on one day to win a Super Bowl?


I wonder what percentage of these kids would say that they will?

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

For tampa:


Will Muschamp, Florida -- Florida is the new Texas. In 2014, the incessant job speculation shifts to Gainesville, where Muschamp appears in over his head after his injury-riddled team lost seven straight games to end last season. Georgia Southern beat the Gators without completing a pass. New offensive coordinator Kurt Roper needs to resuscitate the country's No. 113-ranked offense. Quarterback Jeff Driskel should be healthy, but the schedule is unkind. Good luck with games at Alabama and Florida State and home at against LSU.

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20140204/inside-read-nick-saban-lane-kiffin-al-golden-james-franklin/#ixzz2sOUumOhz

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

I hear the dogs fax machines will be hacked.

MitchellTbonefeather
MitchellTbonefeather

When watching highlights from American heritage a short while ago McKenzie had just as many  dynamic plays as Michel.

He is small, but that kid can ball.

1991UGA
1991UGA

If he can catch a punt and run it back, we need him.  He  can play.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@TheBuckeye....


I love college football and college football recruiting.  For those of us who follow it, NSD is like Christmas morning and you get to open surprise presents, some you are thrilled about and others that disappoint.  And life for me is about college football, fishing, kayaking, boating, hunting, traveling, writing, family, and having fun....not necessarily in that order.  I have plenty of time in my life for all that and more....and I enjoy all of it to the max.  So, please do not comment any more on my life.  You have no idea how good my life is.  But thanks, anyway.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@The Buckeye....


Why don't you go to some Tea Party website and promote your negativity of the universe.  They do that well on those sites. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@THEBuckeye


Probably, like Florida, he went under the radar and then shined at the UR game as a replacement player for some other injured players.  Florida also did not offer until the UR Game.  The kid is a 4 star at least.  But a bit undersized.  Ohio State also expressed interest late but McKinzie was not interested and no offer came from Meyer as a result.  The kid went big time on the radar after the UR game.  And I am sure Georgia was after some bigger fish that they did not get (the WR committed to Missouri for one).  He is not, in my opinion, an ideal fit for the type of offense Georgia runs.  He is better suited for the spread.   

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Any news on late offers to Chemistry majors?

DIT
DIT

If y'all are looking for a good laugh today you must read the tech blog by Ken. This guy claims that 2 star athletes are better than 4 star athletes.

I guess he's trying to save, or make excuses, for Johnson's lack of landing 4 star athletes. You would think the Tekies would be upset and want more from their coach, but nope they bought it hook, line and sinker.

KirkHilles
KirkHilles

Looking at 247sports, ALL predictions starting today show for UGA (and there's a bunch of them). Sweet!

TampGator1
TampGator1

@TideDawg.....


The kid has 13 BCS school offers.  Don't think he is desperate for a scholarship.  Schools include Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Va. Tech, and South Carolina. 

TideDawg
TideDawg

Maybe Va. Tech is the only school that really wanted him. They would be my idol too, in that case.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Because the kid loved Va. Tech as a kid.....and he said they are.  And he had an official there and loved it. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@ElemennoP


Because Georgia's slot receivers are usually bigger (like Bennett) and McKinzie is an ideal fit for the spread option type of offense and Georgia does not run that type of offense. 

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

Not trying to stir the pot, but how does a kid from Florida have VaTech as his dream team? 

TideDawg
TideDawg

TheBuckeye.....Why don't you change your shirt?


Bucky, all the Ga. fans appreciate your notification of the impending spring. We would not have known when without you. And, I imagine that after MSU dismantled the Buckeyes, there are no OSU fans anticipating a championship run for the vaunted Buckeyes for 2014. Another finish in 2014 like 2013 and your idol, Urban Meyer, is going to need to spend more time with his family, or his health is going to get bad....again!

Dawg_Em_Out
Dawg_Em_Out

Man chip I wish you wee still covering the recruiting blog.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Also....one of the better players on the field during the UR All-American game in St. Pete.  Very small, buy a dynamic player. Great speed and quickness.

TampGator1
TampGator1

McKinzie was quoted as saying Virginia Tech is his dream school and he made an official visit there last weekend, and he has been recruited hard all year by Ole Miss.  Don't see a last minute offer from Georgia getting him to Athens, Michel or no Michel.  But, again, it might.  But, again, it might not.  Florida recruited him hard as well, but got to be thinking the kid wants to go out of state, like Michel.  He was originally committed to Notre Dame.  He will be a special teams nightmare to stop on punts, and will be a dynamic slot receiver.  Not sure how he fits into the Georgia offensive style, however.    

OriginalATLien
OriginalATLien

WTH! Why isn't this kid already snatched up? He also has a lot of Devin Hester ability. If signed, he moves to #1 on the depth chart for return duties.

TideDawg
TideDawg

C-Kirk.....I agree in part(not that it matters) that Richt gave away some recruiting potential, but these walk-ons are loyal kids that stick it out and take a beating in every practice. Maybe there should be a rule that these kids can get a scholarship after two years without it counting against the NCAA rule of limited scholarships because they were not recruited.

Remarkable3
Remarkable3

@THEBuckeye  I wonder what makes you so morbidly depressed?  Why would you wonder such a thing on one of the biggest days of these kids lives?  

This is a joyful day for all these kids who have spent so many years getting ready for it.  We should ALL celebrate it with them, no matter whether they are going to our school or not.  They are going to get the opportunity to have an education and that alone is worth celebrating.  Most college football players will never play in the NFL, but that is not what's important.  They are getting a college education and hopefully a degree!

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@1991UGA  If he can knock down a hail mary he could also play defense! 

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@TampGator1 @THEBuckeye  You obviously know more than I care to know. And they say I have no life. 

CT_Jacket
CT_Jacket

@DIT  I don't think that you read the article.  It says that Tech's two-star athletes have made a bigger impact than their four-star athletes.  Injuries played a major role in that assessment.


This class is almost all three stars with one two star and one four star.  We're in the running for a four-star DT and an ESPN 300 athlete.  We'll see how it turns out.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@TampGator1


I wasn't trying to be a smart aleck.  I just didn't know if he had a relative that played there, maybe VT gets big press in Florida by being in the ACC, or whatever.  They haven't been overpowering while the kid was in high school so I didn't know the connection.


UGA lost a recruit from Carrollton because his uncle and Rodney Garner were teammates at AU and Garner used that leverage to get him to switch.  Didn't know if something similar happened here.

BigGAdawg
BigGAdawg

@TampGator1 @ElemennoP  I believe that Hutson Mason did run a record setting spread option offense in high school.  I am not expecting CMR to change his base offense but he has many options available. 

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@TampGator1


If he is a "nightmare to stop on punts, and will be a dynamic slot receiver" as you say, how could you not be sure how he would fit into UGA's offensive style?

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@OriginalATLien  Please inform me and your fellow dogs how you can compare a 5'8' high school player who has yet to set foot on a college practice field to an NFL star. 

TampaD
TampaD

@THEBuckeye @TampGator1  Well, if you had any clue about what you are talking about you would know it's about numbers and knowing who you can or can not get.  They wanted him and he wanted the offer but all else had to work out with the defensive side of the recruiting numbers.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

@THEBuckeye @OriginalATLien


Nah, won't try. 


It would be like trying to explain why a grown man who is a tek fan would use a picture of Urban Meyer as his avatar.

TampaD
TampaD

@THEBuckeye @TampaD @TampGator1  I guess the Rhodes Scholar has spoken .. two words for ya .. Maurice Clarette ... and by the way, you got one title with a bad call at the end of the game and a player who ratted out the ridiculous amount of corruption at your fine institution.  Aside from that, your BCS record isn't something to thump your chest about either, especially since the bucknuggets get there by beating up on the big10 all the time.  Heck, try winning any games in the SEC with the amount of stars that the Dawgs had out by the mid way point of the season.  And still only a once in a million play beat them on the road in the AU game.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@TampaD @THEBuckeye @TampGator1  You probably thought Isaiah's, we hardly knew ye, Crowell's puppy was the greatest thing ever in the history of sports. Sadly, these announcements  too often show how many of these kids cannot speak in complete sentences. 

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@TampaD @THEBuckeye @TampGator1  tampa, Like I said, if 17 and 18 year old thigh school footballs players college choice  are what you're into, have at it.  It matters not, for the dogs anyway. They will be and always have been a 2nd tier Program and the latest evidence, their BCS record, is proof.