Posted: 12:06 pm Friday, February 7th, 2014

UGA signee Isaiah McKenzie talks about last-minute decision 

By Michael Carvell

Here are video interviews, courtesy of the Miami Herald, with a couple of UGA recruits of interest.

The first is with Isaiah McKenzie, the tiny 5-foot-8 wide receiver from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who Mark Richt called a “stick of dynamite.” McKenzie got offered by UGA two days before signing day, and picked the Bulldogs over Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. He was a former Notre Dame commitment. A big factor in McKenzie’s UGA decision was that his high school teammate and best buddy, 5-star RB Sony Michel, signed with the Bulldogs.

This is an interview with Gilbert Johnson, a wide receiver from Miami who committed to UGA last summer at Mark Richt camp. Johnson scared a lot of UGA fans by telling Rivals.com a few days before signing day that he was going to pick UGA, South Florida or Louisville. He ended up with the Bulldogs.

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40 comments
BCB
BCB

GO DAWGS!

JuneBaby
JuneBaby

Why are people assuming that Mason will win the QB job in an open competition? He should't be given the job, he should have to earn it. Doesn't anyone remember when Joe Cox was in the exact position as Mason, and couldn't hold the job. There are other kids there they should look at before handing the job to someone because  of seniority. The've been bitten in the past. Also they need qb's who can move on their feet.

thebucket
thebucket

From the footage I have seen on McKenzie I think UGA's return game just got better this week! Isaiah will obviously have some weight training to do and will have to adjust to the game at the collegiate level but he has 2 things you can't teach a return man: speed and instincts.

greenedefense
greenedefense

I just wished we had Arron Murray coming back next year!

greenedefense
greenedefense

I agree with Coach Mark Richt that Isaiah Mckenzie is a little stick of dynamite. I have never seen him so happy on signing day. 1st he gets rid of Grantham without having to fire him. 2nd he hires Jeremy Pruitt to replace him and 3rd he signs this his most awesome class since he's been here. Purely Amazing!

greenedefense
greenedefense

POAD2013,


Congrats to Tech on signing Myles Autry. He reminds me of Joe Hamilton that use to play them. He should make all ACC if everything works out for him.

greenedefense
greenedefense

POAD2013,


Gurley and Marshall should have a big 2014 season if they can stay healthy. If this happens then they should both forgo their Senior seasons and enter the NFL draft as a pair since they are best friends. This of course is just my opinion.




greenedefense
greenedefense

Also Malkolm Parrish is NFL type talent. His game film is impressive too. He reminds me of Anquan Bolden when he played for FSU against Georgia in the Sugar bowl. Bolden was playing QB in that game.

greenedefense
greenedefense

The game film on Mckenzie is unreal! I was shocked at how he toyed with defenders on punt returns. Pure AMAZING!!!!!

greenedefense
greenedefense

Sony Michel and Nick Chubb will be just like Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall and pick up their slack when they forego their remaining eligibility after next season. After next season the Quarterback position will be the giant ?

greenedefense
greenedefense

Isaiah McKenzie will be like the honey badger on the field returning kicks. He will be the difference maker in winning the tough games.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Sound like good kids.

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

Nick Chubb is the one to watch. Awesome pickup for UGA and everyone is talking Sony Michel and McKenzie. Chubb and CJ Leggett are two of the best backs in the state

TampGator1
TampGator1

I guess Virginia Tech was not McKinzie's dream school after all.  More like his dream school could not match up to him playing with his best friend, Sony Michel.


Hey....Georgia fans.  The kid is good....but he is not as great as some of you are saying.  Read yesterday one post comparing him to Percy Harvin.  That was funny.  But he is going to help Georgia on special teams a bunch and will be a good slot receiver.  But he is very small. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

Not many WRs under 6' these days but some make it to the NFL.

Dawg_Em_Out
Dawg_Em_Out

Isaiah is going to be a great player. As a return man and receiver. And the great thing for UGA...its a good chance his going to be there for 4 years

maconexpress
maconexpress

Isaiah McKenzie is a phenomenal athlete. He will bring a lot of excitement to Athens and the sec. The kid is in a league of his own. 

Adamsran
Adamsran

Lots of speed in this class

WDE
WDE

Welcome to the Bull Dog Nation young men, best of luck on the field and in the class room ! Go Dogs!

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

When my son started at UGA as a Freshman he was scared to death and didn't know his roommate at Russel Dorm. It took him all but 1 day to realize that 17 of his schoolmates from the same High School lived somewhere on campus and that 8 of them were at Russel. 

Isaiah, having Sony as a roommate  there with you will make all the difference in the world. Glad to have you at Georgia and I hope that you become the return specialist  that we have never had. 

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

Great attitude.  Hoping he assumes the return roles from day 1.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@greenedefense Mason will handle the team pretty well I think. You don't need a superstar at QB, when you have the running game the DAWGS should have, and with the receivers available,l Mason will get his passes in.  I just hope our OL is able to do a better job this year and give Mason some time to throw and the RB's some lanes to go through. Mason knows the offense so he will do just fine under center.

I just hope that we do not have the injuries or anywhere close o the injuries we had in 2014. Since I am making out my early Christmas list, I hope that Coach Pruitt can put together a defense that can be relied on. It would be nice, not to have to cringe every time a opposing QB drops back to pass.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@greenedefense If the defense does a better job this year, then both Gurley and Marshall will have big years. UGA hopefully will be in positions where they do not need to try and play catch up, and can play some ball control offense and run the heck out of the ball. If the defense is improved over last year and the offense can do it's thing, UGA could easily have as productive a year at offense, as they have had in the last couple of years. 

POAD2013
POAD2013

@greenedefense  so far Marshall hasn't played enough to really think it would be in his best interest to leave UGa early unless he already has is degree.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@greenedefense


I agree so long as he holds on to the ball> Game films showed no turnover on Isaiah's part  B U T  I would not have expected them to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@BigTimeTECHFan  Michel and McKenzie from Florida though. Chubb might be better than Michel but we won't know till they get here. Both are 5* and have their own styles.

dawgs01
dawgs01

@TampGator1 all I said was that Mckenzie was a Harvin type of athlete meaning his body resembles Harvin's body when he came out of high school not what it looks like now as a grown man.  I was also saying he has the same attributes as Harvin meaning he can return punts and kicks and play receiver and some running back on misdirection or screen type plays.  I never said this kid is gonna be the next Harvin.  in that same paragraph I even said don't think  I am saying he is gonna be like Harvin just saying he has the same body and could be used the same.  of course someone had to take it literal.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@TampGator1  Dexter McCluster and Ace Sanders were small too. And rememer, the dude is just out of high school. He'll likely grow another inch or two and gain 15-20 pounds in college. He's a speedster. Don't care too much about his size. All I want him to do is take care of the ball.

JeffersonDavisHogg
JeffersonDavisHogg

@TampGator1 In watching his film not only is he elusive and very fast but quite a tough runner as well for his size. He'll be an interesting one to watch.

Whiznot
Whiznot

@POAD2013 I hope the kid has skills like Saints RB Darren Sproles. Small elusive players often are able to produce massive accomplishments.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@POAD2013 Three that come to mind that are short, but fast and have great moves are Welker, Jennings and Jackson. They have put up some pretty good numbers for their respective teams. They get open and have sure hands and speed. It is nice to have a man that can jump up and get the pass, but it is also nice to have a man that can get 5 yards of separation in a hurry like these 3 do. It is pretty hard for a QB to miss his target when his WR is all by himself.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@POAD2013  

Did you tell that to our own Autry?

Maybe one of the Austin twins can cover McKenzie and then it'll be a fair match up?

BTW, I think his primary position will be KR/PR and then slot-WR or flanker.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Red and black

I agree about the injuries...I hope we good luck in that department. I just want to see what an healthy UGA team can do. I believe the OL will be a good one if the young guys improve through the spring and summer like Brandon K. And Bynum! Those two were highly recruited. If our run blocking is improved and michel and Chubb can hold on to the ball then I think we will have a great chance at winning the east.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@DawgGoneIt @BigTimeTECHFanI think in the end, Chubb will be the guy you send up the middle and Michael will be the guy that stretches the field and uses his speed to pick up yards. Michael is also deceptively tough once he gets his motor running, but it is his speed that will make the difference when he has the ball. Chubb is the "In Your Face", type runner that seems to enjoy the contact and can moves kids out of the way.  Both should contribute a lot when they get their times on the field. Let's just hope that our OL does a better job of playing a full 60 minutes. Last year, a lot of times it seemed it took them 30 minutes to get up to speed.

Grant1296
Grant1296

Yhea...congrats TOAD...

A moron Tech fan (that couldn't get in Tech)

The first poster on a University Of GEORGIA blog....

Congrats Congrats... LOSER....

POAD. Take your meds...

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@Dawg350 I think the OL could be better if the red shirts from the OL class of 2013, are ready to go. Last year we just seemed to never get going as far as decent blocking until the second half. I like Theus 's potential but too often, he seemed like his motor just wasn't turned on until after 30 minutes into the game.  I don't know if beard can step up and be a full time player every down either. Both seem to have trouble starting their engines early in the game. 

I think that both the Red Shirt RB's from this years class could be red shirted also, if Gurley and Marshall are both healthy and can stay so.  If both are healthy, it would not do much good for the 2 new backs to watch from the bench, and lose a year on the bench.

I think the defense will be better if the defense is tailored around the strengths of the players versus (Grantham) trying to get them into formations where they don't have a great deal of success. The secondary had speed but was so often out of position, it was painful to watch a lot of the time. We have 3 CB's coming in for 2014, but it would be nice if the guys from last year could step it up, under Coach Pruitt, and they most likely will under his teaching and modified 3-4.  The secondary had to use freshmen last year at CB, so hopefully, they have learned from last year and will be ready to go this year. 

If the defense can turn the corner this year, recruiting for defense next year will be better, and UGA could be a really solid team, top to bottom this year. 

7 out of 8 teams in the SEC east are starting with new QB's or ones coming off injury's so a lot in our division will be in the same boat as us. I would think UGA could make Atlanta this year,but I think the West is up in the air, with at least three teams, that could make it to the SECCG. That's too far ahead though, so I just want UGA to take care of business on the defensive side of the ball, and the offense will click with as much talent and now experience as they have, provided the OL steps it up.