Football players from Pennsylvania are always targeted major college football programs. Shai McKenzie is no different. The running back from Washington (Pa.) has double digit offers from schools like Rutgers, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Duke among others.
"My latest offer was from Tennessee," said the 6-foot, 212-pound McKenzie. "I talked to Coach Mahoney down there. It's the first SEC school to offer me and I know it's a good program."
Does that mean that the Volunteers have an early lead?
"Every school is really the same right now and I'm willing to give every school chance that gives me a chance," he said. "I haven't really had a chance to look at any schools yet. I've talked to a few coaches and seen a few facilities but not enough to really have taken a good look at each school.
"I know Michigan and Michigan State came by the school," said McKenzie. "Pitt, Rutgers, Akron and Connecticut said they'll come to check up on me.
"I think the most excited school for me right now is Pitt," he said. "I know they just got that commitment from Tyler Boyd. It sounds like Pitt is trying to get all the local boys to come there. I kind of knew Robert Foster wasn't going to go to Pitt because I keep in touch with some of those guys on his 7-on-7 team."
Will McKenzie be going to camps to showcase his talents this offseason or visiting any schools?
"I'm not sure I'll go to any camps this year," said McKenzie. "I want to keep getting ready for the season make sure I'm at my best. If there's a team I like I'll probably go to that school's camp.
"I haven't been to any schools yet," he said. "Hopefully I'll be able to go to a few during the spring but I'm not sure yet. I don't know which schools yet I'm going to get to though."
Last season, Washington lost in the WPIAL Class AA Championship, finishing 12-1.