Tennessee Football: Vols Get Commitment from Kahlil McKenzie

Tennessee Gets Commitment from Kahlil McKenzie

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Mar 16, 2014; Bristol, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones before the NASCAR Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY SportsThe 2014 recruiting class turned out quite well for Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers, but things could be even better next year.

That's because the Vols have just landed a major 2015 commitment in five-star defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie.

McKenzie is a name that is well-known in football circles as his father Reggie is the current GM of the Oakland Raiders, while his uncle Raleigh was an offensive lineman for the Vols back in the early 80s.

The 6-foot-4, 341-pound phenom out of California could without question be a complete game-changer for a Tennessee program that is already stacked with young talent.

McKenzie is without question one of the top defensive tackles in this class, and thanks to his ferocious style of play on the field, he could come right in next year and be a dominant player for the Vols right from the very start.

Considering what Jones and company have been able to to do on the recruiting trail these past few years, it's hard to doubt that Tennessee is a team on the way up.

With young studs like Jalen Hurd and Josh Malone leading the way on offense, and a force like McKenzie manning the line on defense, the Vols are primed to once again make an impact on the national stage.

Competing with teams like Alabama and Auburn will always be a challenge as long as those programs stay the course, but there's no question that Tennessee is starting to bring in the type of talent that can help them catch up to the traditional SEC powers.

Jones has continually proved his doubters wrong on the recruiting circuit, but potential can only lead a team so far. As we all know, results are the only thing that matters.

As long as McKenzie stays committed to the program, the future is bright in Knoxville. This program is only going to get better with more and more recruits like this seeing the changes that are taking place.

And that's certainly a trend that other SEC teams should be worried about.

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