With needs all over the field for the Tennessee Volunteers, perhaps none is bigger in this recruiting cycle than securing an impact defensive tackle. Concord, Calif., 5-star Kahlil McKenzie certainly fits the bill.
It just so happens that ties run deep between the 6'4", 309-pound McKenzie and the Vols.
The great quarterback debate can rage on—and there's no minimizing UT's need for at least one commit this year—but coach Butch Jones has to restock the offensive and defensive trenches to turn Tennessee's fate.
After a recent camp swing in which McKenzie surged all the way up to 247Sports' No. 10-ranked overall player in the 2015 class, it's evident why UT is so high on him.
He also is feeling the Vols right now, as evidenced by 97 percent of his Crystal Ball projections aimed toward UT. News broke Tuesday night on Twitter that McKenzie would be choosing between UT and Arizona on July 10 at The Opening.
He listed the Vols as his leader when he released his top 12 in late May, so things are looking good for UT. Here are five reasons why McKenzie will anchor UT's 2015 recruiting class, based off comments he has made throughout the recruiting process.