Because he plays on a Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson team that is loaded with talent, junior offensive linemen Steve McKenzie has not received a whole lot of hype.
That could be about to change.
At the Rivals.com/VTO Sports Elite100 Camp on Saturday in Marietta, Ga., McKenzie took home offensive line MVP honors after displaying excellent technique, nice footwork and great strength, particularly during one-on-ones, when he was quite impressive.
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Earlier that day in testing, he bench pressed 185 pounds 29 times, second best among all campers.
When asked after the event to talk about a pancake block he produced, McKenzie was quick to point out, "I had more than one."
The 6-foot-1, 310-pound McKenzie, who is being recruited as a center-guard, currently holds offers from Duke, Illinois, Indiana and Southern Miss. He already has visited several programs, notably Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, USF and Vanderbilt.
Who might be next to offer?
"I think Georgia Tech," McKenzie said. "They send me a lot of handwritten notes."
According to McKenzie, his play - and stock - should only rise, partly because of Saturday's strong performance and partly because he faces teammates Jarontay Jones and JaFar Mann, both major college prospects, in practice.
"They push you in practice," McKenzie said. "And that definitely makes you better."