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Monday, February 4, 2013
Michigan offers 2014 RB

By Tom VanHaaren

Since Michigan typically has its recruiting class full by the time signing day comes around, it affords the coaching staff the opportunity to look ahead to the next class. In typical fashion, the Michigan coaches are sending out junior offers as signing day approaches.

The latest has gone out to 2014 running back Shai McKenzie (Washington, Pa./Washington), who also recently got an in-school visit from a few Michigan coaches.

"Coach [Darrell] Funk and the head coach [Brady Hoke] came in the school last week," he said. "When the head coach came in I knew they were interested. I sent them my film and they said they really liked it and that I had an offer."

While he doesn't yet know too much about the Michigan program, McKenzie says he would like to continue building a relationship with the coaches.

"I'm pretty excited (about the offer). Michigan's a big program, and I'm going to look at Michigan a lot more," he said. "I know that's going to be a big help for my future offers too, because that's a big school. I'm going to keep in touch with the coaches a lot."

McKenzie is already starting to pick up steam, as he now holds offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Wisconsin, among others. He believes that his combination of size and speed is something that is coveted by college coaches, and has played a big part in the early attention.

"Overall I believe I'm a good running back. A lot of it has to do with my size and speed," he said. "Teams are looking for the big back that can make big plays. They can keep me in on third down if they need me to block for a passing play."

It's still early for McKenzie, and he plans on taking his time with the process. He would like to ideally narrow his list down to five in the middle of his senior year and then take his official visits. In the near future he would like to get out to a few schools and hopefully get a good start on the process.

"I plan on going out to a couple spring practices. I'm thinking about checking out Maryland, Rutgers and maybe West Virginia," he said. "I'll try to get out to some of the closer ones, and then I was thinking about maybe some schools that are further away later on. I'll just have to wait and see which schools I can get out to."