According to Rivals.com, we have the first of what could be many surprises on National Signing Day 2014.
Heading into today’s festivities, four-star Plantation (Fla.) wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was expected to select from a three-strong group of finalists: Florida, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech. With Ole Miss and Virginia Tech baseball caps sitting in front of him as he prepared to make his announcement, McKenzie, courtesy of a friend, added one more prop: a Georgia ball cap.
McKenzie donned the Bulldogs hat, officially signifying that he had both committed to UGA and surprised most observers. That friend aiding in McKenzie’s announcement was his running back teammate and five-star 2014 UGA signee Sony Michel, who no doubt played a role in the decision.
At least part of the surprise is due to the fact that Georgia didn’t extend a scholarship offer to McKenzie until this past Monday.
McKenzie was rated as the No. 35 receiver in the country and the No. 42 player in the state of Florida heading into signing day.
In addition to McKenzie, UGA was also able to flip tight end Hunter Atkinson after what was, again, a brief recruitment. Very late last month, the three-star recruit had committed to Cincinnati.
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