Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie is heading to Georgia. The playmaker attracted attention from more than a dozen major schools before choosing the Bulldogs.
McKenzie's high school passed along the coveted recruit's decision:
Dieter Kurtenbach of the Sun-Sentinel provided a synopsis of McKenzie discussing his decision:
Before Georgia offered Monday, Isaiah Mckenzie said he was ready to commit to #OleMiss.— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) February 5, 2014
McKenzie is a 4-star prospect and ranks as the No. 44 wide receiver and No. 42 prospect out of Florida in the class of 2014, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
The biggest question mark, which will ultimately decide whether he lives up to the 4-star billing, is if he'll be able to maintain his status as an electric playmaker against college competition despite a lack of size.
As always, the recruiting services vary slightly about his measurables, but 247Sports lists him at 5'8" and 175 pounds. He also runs a 4.50 40-yard dash.
He's the type of player the coaching staff will have to get creative with on offense by moving him around the formation, including probably some work out of the backfield, and figuring out ways to get him the ball in space so he can use his quickness to make impact plays.
Will McKenzie be a star in college?
The American Heritage High School product should also make an impact on special teams. He has all the tools to become a tremendous return man and has already had some highlight-reel moments in that facet of the game.
Ultimately, his success is going to come down to getting put in the right positions to succeed. That's why the recruiting process is so important. A promising player can watch his stock plummet if he chooses a program with a system that doesn't utilize his talent.
McKenzie is surely confident he made the right decision and will avoid that fate. His initial impact will likely come on special teams while he gets acclimated to the offense. Then he should eventually fill the game-changer role on both offense and special teams.
His size adds an extra hurdle on the road to success, but McKenzie definitely has plenty of upside and could end up as one of the biggest steals from the 2014 class.