McKenzie drawing collegiate interest

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NATCHEZ — Trinity Episcopal football star Tip McKenzie has a busy spring and summer ahead of him.

In addition to helping get the Saints ready for a potential three-peat as football state champions, Tip will be traveling around the country trying to attract interest from colleges.

McKenzie and his father Shedrick McKenzie spent Saturday in Starkville for Mississippi State’s spring game, then traveled to Leeds, Ala., for a combine at Leeds High School Sunday.

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McKenzie said he ran the 40-yard dash, shuttle drills, running back drills, did the vertical jump and participated in seven-on-seven and one-on-one drills.

“I think I did the best with one-on-ones,” he said. “I want to improve on my 40 time. They didn’t tell me what I ran (Sunday), but you can never be set with the 40.”

McKenzie said he’s interested in Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Memphis, Vanderbilt and Indiana. Each school that’s recruiting him is looking at him as a slot receiver.

“I liked the spring game at Mississippi State,” McKenzie said. “Their fans show a lot of support.

“I don’t have any favorites at the moment. I’m enjoying the recruiting process, going to all the colleges, talking to the coaches and seeing what everything is like.”

McKenzie said he’ll be visiting Vanderbilt this weekend, and after that, his father would be planning all of his visits and combines.

Shedrick McKenzie said he’s going to try and get his son out to Indiana sometime in the near future.

“We’re going to try and fly out there early one morning, then fly back in the evening,” Shedrick said. “They’re about to offer him, the coaches just want to eyeball him and meet him.”

Shedrick also said Miami, Stanford and Baylor have shown interest in his son. He plans on having Tip attend camps at Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Auburn.

“Recruiting has changed over the years,” Shedrick said. “You have to go where everyone’s at. Spring evaluations start April 15, but we won’t start (at Trinity) practicing until baseball’s over, so a lot of schools won’t start coming to watch him until May.”

Even with the running around they’ll be doing the next few months, Shedrick said his family would still spend plenty of time together.

“It’s going to be family time,” he said. “We’re taking everyone with us. We’re just going to have a lot of vacations.”

But the vacation will quickly turn to reality for Tip this fall, as he prepares to help take the reigns on Trinity’s offense.

“I’m just going to have to do what I do, and look for my teammates to help me,” Tip said. “I’m just going to have to step up.”