The Georgia Tech football coaching staff sent out an offer on Monday to 2019 defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie out of Wake Forest, North Carolina.
The Georgia Tech coaching staff offered three-star defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie on Monday, giving the Wake Forest, North Carolina native his 20th offer in his recruitment. The 39th ranked player in the state in the Tar Heel state, McKenzie has seen his recruitment taken off this summer.
Last month, McKenzie received offers from two of the country’s top programs when both Clemson and Ohio State decided to offer McKenzie. That being said the three leaders in his recruitment heading into August appear to be three in-state programs for the 53rd ranked defensive end with Duke, North Carolina, and Wake Forest leading the way.
For the Yellow Jackets, McKenzie is the 18th defensive tackle the Jackets offered in this cycle. Out of those 18 offers, 10 of them have already committed to their respective choices leaving the Jackets with just a handful of options.
In all liklihood, the Jackets will most likely look to take one defensive tackle this recruiting cycle after taking two in the last cycle in T.K Chimedza and Austin Smith. With 2018 expected to be Kyle Cerge-Henderson‘s last season, the coaching staff will most likely look to add just one instead of two.
At 6-foot-3 and 280-pounds, McKenzie presents a strong option if the Jackets are able to break into his recruitment but it won’t be easy. The North Carolina native has plenty of options and is considerably underrated in my opinion, while there are parts of his game that need refinement, his overall game is solid and could help be a big contributor at the next level.
Currently, Georgia Tech’s 2019 recruiting class features 10 commitments but hasn’t received a commitment since June 23rd. The class is currently ranked by 247Sports as the 64th best in the country and 13th best in the ACC with only Syracuse behind the Jackets. That being said, the Jackets are tied for the second lowest amount of commitments in the ACC with Louisville. Clemson leads the way with 22 commitments while Syracuse has just nine so far in the cycle.
The Yellow Jackets coaching staff will now once again have to become great at multitasking as the regular season draws near and fall camp will start up in mere days from now. Recruits will now slow their recruitment down even more to focus on winning state championships for their respective schools before worrying about where they’ll be playing next fall.