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McKenzie back from first trips

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Athens (Texas) Trinity Valley C.C. three-star safety Nevin McKenzie has had a chance to visit two college football powers over the past two weeks and with the dead period now upon us he's got some time to reflect on those visits and think about his upcoming travels.
"I'm up here at my sister's house in New Jersey for the winter break," McKenzie said.
"I've already taken visits to Arkansas and to Oklahoma. I just got back from Oklahoma yesterday, and I went to Arkansas last weekend."
Starting with the Arkansas trip, how did things go?
"I enjoyed myself at Arkansas," McKenzie, the nation's No. 39 junior college player, said. "We actually got to watch the Heisman Trophy ceremony with Darren McFadden. That was definitely a plus and something you like to see. Who knows maybe that could be you on that stage someday?
"I also really liked the coaches. They were really good people and they treated me right on the visit."
This past weekend, McKenzie was at Oklahoma.
"It went really well," McKenzie said. "I liked hanging out with the players, and I felt comfortable with the coaches. They're a really good program in all aspects. I liked their academic support, and it's just a great school in everything."
McKenzie, who is 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, used the trip to connect with one of his friends from growing up.
"I was hosted on my visit by Lamont Robinson," he said.
"I grew up with Lamont. We used to play little league together, and it was really great to be with him again. He was telling me about Oklahoma and how it's like up there. He said he's really happy with his decision. He said it'd be a decision, I wouldn't regret either."
McKenzie isn't ready to make a decision any time soon, though.
He's got a busy month of January lined up. With scholarship offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, TCU, Kansas and UTEP, he's already booked one visit date and knows of two more for sure.
"I'm going to Louisville on Jan. 12," he said. "Then I'm also going to visit Tennessee and Florida. I just don't know which weekend I'm going to both places. I want to take all five of my visits and wait until the end. I liked both Oklahoma and Arkansas, but I'm going to take my visits."
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