2019-2023 DT - Jaden McKenzie (Transfer to East Carolina)

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    DEFENSIVE TACKLE
    6'3''|280LBS|DT
    CLASS OF 2019

    Jaden McKenzie is a 6-3.5, 280-pound Defensive Tackle from Wake Forest, NC.

    Ohio State has offered.
     
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    Ohio State extends another defensive tackle offer

    Earlier this week, Lettermen Row filled you in on the Buckeyes pursuit of defensive tackles Etinosa Reuben and Jared Harrison-Hunte. Those targets are up near the top of Ohio State’s list at the position, especially with Sunday’s commitment from Grand Rapids (Mich.) defensive tackle Mazi Smith to Michigan.

    On Tuesday night, another name was tossed into the mix with a scholarship offer to Wake Forest (N.C.) lineman Jaden McKenzie.

    McKenzie, 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, is the country’s 52nd-ranked defensive tackle according to his 247Sports.com composite ranking. And there’s no doubt that the offer from the Buckeyes will lead to a slow and steady climb up those rankings. He holds 15 offers from the likes of North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
     
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    Jaden McKenzie becoming a real option for Ohio State?

    Months ago, I added Wake Forest (N.C.) 3-star defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie to the Lettermen Row “most wanted” list for Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class. He was actually removed from that list in November when it seemed unlikely he’d make an official visit to the Buckeyes, but when he did at the end of November, he was placed right back on the list and had moved up considerably.

    As of Thursday morning, I would add him to my 247Sports.com crystal ball list for the Buckeyes.

    McKenzie, 6-foot-3 and 285-pounds, is the 40th-ranked player in the state of North Carolina. But he’s a player who was identified by Larry Johnson months ago as the type of prospect who could thrive in the Ohio State defensive system. As noted, he visited for the game against Michigan and Johnson has made two visits in the last two weeks, including a Wednesday night trip with Ryan Day.

    If that doesn’t indicate where McKenzie sits on Ohio State’s priority list, nothing will.

    The majority of the buzz around McKenzie had been with North Carolina for months, and sources close to the Buckeyes were skeptical that he’d be willing to leave home. But in recent weeks, that stance has softened, and there’s now real optimism he could be the defensive tackle option Ohio State has been seeking.

    As I’ve written a bit here recently, there have been four primary targets at that spot: McKenzie, Cavon Butler, D’Von Ellies and Jared Harrison-Hunte. In my opinion, McKenzie has been the preference of that group, and it’s been likely the Buckeyes would only take one of them in the class of 2019. Cavon Butler, the Kentucky commit from Toledo, confirmed as much on Wednesday.

    If I had to wager guesses on what happens from here, it’d be this: McKenzie to Ohio State, Butler to Michigan State or Kentucky and Ellies and Harrison-Hunte to Penn State.

    As for McKenzie, he’s been incredibly lowkey about his recruitment from the start, so I don’t know that I’d expect any kind of announcement out of him prior to signing day. There’s also no doubt that North Carolina and new coach Mack Brown are going to work overtime to keep him home.

    That’s the asterisk, of course: It’s recruiting, and it can change in the blink of an eye.
     
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    This kid has been under the radar but I have him signing with Ohio State tomorrow...…….

    Call it a Larry Johnson special...…..
     
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    Yep! Agree and agree
     
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    Jaden McKenzie, DT
    Ohio State is four deep with returning veterans on scholarship at both defensive tackle spots, so there isn’t likely to be an opening in the rotation for McKenzie this year. With three seniors at defensive tackle this year in Robert Landers, Davon Hamilton and Jashon Cornell, McKenzie will have a shot to earn playing time in 2020, but it would be a surprise if he didn’t redshirt this season.
     
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