Jul 3, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Running back Shai McKenzie (10) runs with the ball during the Nike 7on7 pool play at Nike World Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Shai McKenzie commits to Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Hokies have been busy the last few weeks recruiting players and the hard work by Frank Beamer and his staff has been paying off with plenty of players from the Classes of 2014 and 2015 committing to come to Blacksburg. Chris Durkin and Tabyus Taylor have committed within the last 10 days from the Class of 2014 while Ashton White and Michael Barnett have committed to Virginia Tech from the Class of 2015 during the month of December. The Hokies have been quite busy the last few weeks trying to build their Class of 2015 and put the finishing touches on their Class of 2014. Now, the Hokies have gotten a commitment from one of their top recruiting targets for Class of 2014.

Running back Shai McKenzie of Washington High School in Pennsylvania has committed to the Hokies which is a major coup for the Class of 2014 for Frank Beamer and company. Virginia Tech beat out Pittsburgh to take McKenzie out of the state of Pennsylvania which was a minor surprise since many people thought McKenzie would choose Pittsburgh. Beamer has to be happy about the strength of Virginia Tech’s recruiting in Pennsylvania and Ohio so far with Chris Durkin and Shai McKenzie both committing from that area to come to Virginia Tech.

Shai McKenzie is seen as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com while ESPN.com has him barely as a three-star prospect but has the potential to be a four-star prospect by ESPN. The raw numbers are quite good for McKenzie with a SPARQ rating of 120.72 and a very good 40-yard dash time of 4.58. However, the numbers don’t show the truth about how good of a running back Shai McKenzie really is.

Shai McKenzie is a very well-developed running back that actually could make an impact for the Hokies within the next two years. McKenzie is a patient runner that is willing to wait for a hole to open up and then pounces which is a skill that most running backs usually don’t have coming out of high school. McKenzie also is an agile power runner that can break tackles and turn solid runs into big plays. McKenzie can also put on the afterburners when he needs to and turn a possible 10-yard gain into a 30 to 40 yard touchdown run. Shai McKenzie is a great pickup for the Virginia Tech Class of 2014.

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