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McKenzie de-commits, then picks Vandy

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When three-star athlete Jaborian McKenzie of Natchez (Miss.)Trinity Episcopal committed to Southern Miss in June, he thought his recruitment was over.
But apparently Vanderbilt had other ideas.
"They didn't give up," McKenzie told Rivals.com. "They came at me even harder."
On Tuesday, McKenzie rewarded the Commodores for their persistence by de-committing from Southern Miss and switching his pledge to Vanderbilt.
"It's the best education you can get," McKenzie said. "Plus, it's in the SEC. And I really think Coach [James] Franklin is about to turn the program around. I called Coach Franklin and [receivers coach Chris Beatty] today [to commit]. They were real happy. I'm going to play slot receiver under Coach Beatty. He's a good guy. We've been in constant contact ever since they offered me."
Early Tuesday evening, McKenzie said he had yet to speak to USM coaches over the phone about his switch. Earlier in the day, he did send them a message via Facebook.
"It was really hard," McKenzie said. "Southern Miss is a great program with a great coaching staff and a great school. They've got great everything. On the other hand, I couldn't turn down Vanderbilt and the SEC. It's nothing against Southern Miss."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at kneebs01@aol.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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