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Washington (Pa.) junior running back Shai McKenzie was offered by Michigan State today. 247Sports' Sean Fitz just sent me a text that he confirmed the offer. The 5-foot-11 210-pound McKenzien holds additional offers from the likes of Duke, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Junior- 6'0 212- RB
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Trevor Barnes 18 months ago
On the Pennsylvania Class AA All State Team
HS Football: Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class AA All-State Team
ANDREW P. SHAY, The Patriot-News, December 19, 2012 4:02 p.m.
2012 PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS WRITERS'
ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM
Shai McKenzie, Washington – 6-0, 215 Jr.
Washington lost in the WIPIAL AA Championship Game
Loss can't dim shining season for Prexies
WPIAL CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP
November 29, 2012 12:29 am
Mike Bosnic wanted to make one thing clear to his Washington High School football team soon after his Little Prexies ended their season with a loss in the WPIAL Class AA championship game last Friday at Heinz Field.
Star running back Shai McKenzie provided some of Washington's best offensive highlights. A sensational junior, he led the WPIAL in rushing during the regular season and finished the year with 2,683 yards and scored 42 touchdowns.
"Shai really showed that he's an elite running back," Bosnic said. "He's getting a lot of Division I scholarship offers and will be a BCS-school recruit.
"What impressed me the most is how much he continues to improve season to season and game to game. He's developed a great work ethic and has a great desire to be the best."
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-football/south-xtra-loss-cant-dim-shining-season-for-prexies-664140/#ixzz2J86P9br0
And was one of the Fabulous 22 for Pittsburgh area.
College talk: McKenzie, although only a junior, already has seven Division I college scholarship offers. Pitt, Purdue and Maryland are among the schools that have offered McKenzie.
The scoop: McKenzie, whose first name is pronounced "Shy," led the WPIAL in rushing during the regular season and has helped the Little Prexies reach the Class AA title game. He has 2,656 yards on 214 attempts (12.4 average) and has scored 42 touchdowns. He has 3,859 yards in two seasons.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-football/a-pg-thanksgiving-tradition-the-fabulous-22-high-school-football-team-663231/#ixzz2J86t98YI
Get the latest Pennsylvania high school sports news, rankings, schedules, stats, scores, results & athletes info for high school football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and more at PennLive.com.
This post was edited by Spartan_in_PA 18 months ago
Link to article on the Penn State Board.
With Pitt and Penn State offers looks like a long shot.
Offers have started getting more and more common for Washington (Pa.) Class of 2014 running back Shai McKenzie, who added two more on Tuesday.
I don't get the impression from anything I've read they'll be what's holding us back from landing this kid. If anything, the comments about not wanting to play in the cold were a little more telling of how his recruitment could develop.
On the Tribune Review List of Top WPIAL (SW PA) football recruits for the Class of 2014
By Chris Harlan
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Top 10 local recruits in the Class of 2014
2. Shai McKenzie, Washington
6-0, 212, running back
His 2,600 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns caught the attention of college recruiters, earning McKenzie more than a dozen offers. Along with the three locals, noteworthy names on his college list include Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. A four-star Rivals.com recruit.
This post was edited by Spartan_in_PA 17 months ago
Virginia is noteworthy and MSU left out of the title? The tribune hates MSU.
I think it is neglect rather than hate.
It's like intentional neglect. Probably has nothing to do with us grabbing a few studs from your neck of the woods lately.
Gorman: McKenzie matures into national recruit
Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Mike Bosnic might be a bit overwhelmed by the way Shai McKenzie's recruitment has picked up.
The Washington tailback has matured from WPIAL star to national recruit, with the latest of his 28 scholarship offers coming from Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
McKenzie rushed for 2,689 yards and 42 touchdowns to lead the Little Prexies to the WPIAL Class AA final as a junior. McKenzie has the ideal combination of size, speed and power that colleges covet, not to mention a 3.5 grade-point average.
Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/hssports/highschoolrecruiting/3524258-74/bosnic-mckenzie-lot#ixzz2NoVVYYOk
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MSU made his cut in his "top 15."
Ranked as Number 7 recruit in Pennsylvania by PennLive.
More from PennLive
SHAI McKENZIE, WASHINGTON 5-11 210 pounds
The No. 39 ranked running back in the country recently reached 30 official offers after rushing for 2,689 yards and 42 touchdowns as a junior.
A downhill runner who is best suited for a team that runs an I-Formation, McKenzie still managed to average 9.6 yards per carry. He has the rare combination of power and speed.
With that many offers, McKenzie will have his pick of schools. Depth chart will most likely play a key role in his final decision. But he's not in a hurry to make a decision and McKenzie's initial plans are to wait until after the season to announce his choice.
Check out Andrew P. Shay's rankings of the Top 25 Pennsylvania high school football Class of 2014 athletes.
Washington's Shai McKenzie is up to 30 offers and J.T. Blyden from Cardinal O'Hara is ranked by one national recruiting service at No. 20 nationally.
This post was edited by Spartan_in_PA 16 months ago
Washington running back keeps eye on Pitt
By Kevin Gorman
Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 4:33 p.m.
When Pennsylvania prep career rushing leader Rushel Shell decided to transfer from Pitt, another WPIAL star tailback was paying close attention.
Washington's Shai McKenzie, one of the nation's most coveted prospects and Pitt's top target in the Class of 2014, called Shell's decision a “big surprise” but said the Panthers remain among his favorites.
“Him leaving is probably a disappointment to a lot of people but it could be better for me recruiting-wise and fit,” said McKenzie, who plans to visit Pitt this weekend. “They're the hometown team. I know I'm a priority, and Pitt is slim at the running back position so I know they're going to recruit me more.”
Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/college/pitt/3768057-74/mckenzie-pitt-shell#ixzz2PMXUq7sE
Last five; no MSU
McKenzie cuts list to five ...... Kincade picks Akron
Written by Mike White on Sunday, 16 June 2013 5:54 pm.
Pitt plays Florida State in the football season opener Labor Day. It looks like Pitt also might have to battle Florida State to land a top recruit from Western Pennsylvania.
Shai McKenzieWashington running back Shai McKenzie (pictured) had scholarship offers from colleges across the country. He has narrowed his list of favorites to five and they are - Pitt, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Arkansas. However, McKenzie and both Washington coach Mike Bosnic said Florida State is the top choice - right now. Pitt is next in line.
Didn't hear much recently in regards to us recruiting him, or him planning a visit or such. Guess we're focusing on Scott, James, and London.
Word on the street is that Shai was blown away by his visit to F$U. I think STATE knows this is an uphill battle and has moved on to James and London. I actually think i also saw that he named a Top 4 and STATE was not included.. Maybe Spartan_in_PA can share some info
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