Natchez (Miss.) Trinity Episcopal junior Jaborian McKenzie was on a trip with classmates to Washington, D.C. , when a member of the Vanderbilt coaching staff called Wednesday to let him know the school was going to offer him a scholarship.
"I was surprised," McKenzie said. "It just came out of nowhere."
According to McKenzie, his relationship with the Commodores progressed quickly.
"I talked to their wide receivers coach [Chris Beatty] for two or three days," McKenzie said. "He told me they wanted to watch my film as a staff. When they did, they offered me. That was my first [FBS] offer. That's big time there. That's the best of the best."
Previously, McKenzie had been offered by FCS programs Alcorn State, Jackson State and Southern.
Vanderbilt is recruiting McKenzie to play slot receiver. Some schools, including Mississippi State, like him at running back. According to McKenzie, it doesn't matter which position he plays in college.
"I've been [to Mississippi State] for junior day," McKenzie said. "I like Mississippi State a lot. They really use their running backs."
What's next for McKenzie?
"I'm going to Louisiana Tech on Monday," he said. "And I'm going to Memphis on Tuesday."
As for Vanderbilt, McKenzie likes what he knows about the school, and the program. He plans to visit there sometime during spring practice.
"It's an SEC school, and I hear it's a good academic school," McKenzie said. "I was real excited [about the offer]."