Isaiah McKenzie, one of South Florida most electrifying and underrated players in the Class of 2014, announced his oral commitment to Notre Dame on Friday night.
McKenzie, the Plantation American Heritage athlete who was recently pumped up to a four-star recruit by several media outlets, made the announcement during his schools’ senior night presentation before its game against Key West. He picked the Irish among his other finalists Rutgers and West Virginia.
McKenzie (5-7, 170) told the Miami Herald on Wednesday he was scheduled to take an official visit to South Bend, Ind., on Saturday and Sunday, but had it rescheduled for Nov. 2. He took his SAT earlier in October and wanted to have qualifying scores before visiting and making the pledge.
At the time of publication, it is unclear whether McKenzie went ahead and took the official visit to the school for Saturday’s game against Southern California with Davie University School defensive end/linebacker Richard Yeargin III and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Corey Holmes –- both Notre Dame commits.
McKenzie said he was happy to have the extra time to decide on a place he “really wanted to be.”
“This week I was kinda nervous,” he said. “So this gives me a little more time to prepare and make a decision.”
Notre Dame was the front runner for McKenzie’s services since his unofficial visit to the school this past summer. It was also the only school he took a visit to.
He has been primarily recruited by running backs and slot receivers coach Tony Alford, and will play a mix of those positions along with return man duties on special teams for the Irish.
McKenzie said he had an official visit to Rutgers planned for Dec. 7, but if he committed to Notre Dame, he would most likely cancel any future visits.
Stay tuned to the Miami Herald High Schools blog and writer @Safid_Deen for any updates regarding South Florida recruits.