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Friday, May 17, 2013
RB McKenzie preparing to cut list to seven

By Jared Shanker

At the end of the March, Washington (Pa.) High running back Shai McKenzie cut his list of more than 30 offers to 15. He's just about ready to snip that list in half once again.

The 5-foot-11, 212-pound back is looking to name a top seven soon, most likely after summer trips to Georgia, Georgia Tech and possibly Florida State. He knows two teams that are in great shape to make the cut already.

While McKenzie is not sure if he will be able to swing by Tallahassee on his summer road trip, he has seen enough from the program to know the Noles are safe to make his top group. Assistant coach Sal Suneri, who has strong ties to the Steel City, has made a big impression on McKenzie.

The Seminoles are looking to add a bigger back in their 2014 class, as they have also offered 200-pound New Jersey back Gerald Owens.

It is not much of a surprise the other team McKenzie said is in good shape to make his shortened list is nearby Pittsburgh. Living less than an hour south of Pittsburgh, McKenzie has made several trips to see the Panthers.

Georgia is a team that intrigues McKenzie, although he is not ready to put them in his top seven. McKenzie saw what Class of 2012 standouts Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall did as freshmen in Athens.

"I know they play freshmen with the two guys they had last year," McKenzie said.