Isaiah McKenzie will be officially visiting Notre Dame the weekend of January 31st according to multiple reports last night giving Notre Dame recruiting some much needed positive momentum as the Irish head down the final stretch of the class of 2014.
Isaiah McKenzie wanted to commit to Notre Dame back in the fall but he had not at that point cleared some academic hurdles that needed to be cleared. Last week reports surfaced that it looked as though those hurdles would be passed by McKenzie, but instead of that news being a huge boost for Notre Dame it was immediately followed by news that McKenzie no longer considered himself committed to Notre Dame and was opening his recruiting back up.
That wasn’t the news Notre Dame fans were hopeful for after a dreadful string of news last week that saw Matt Dickerson decommit to Notre Dame, George Atkinson declare for the NFL draft, Davaris Daniels suspended for the spring semester, and then Troy Niklas unexpectedly declare for the NFL Draft as well.
It looks like things could be started to swing back in Notre Dame’s favor though with the recruitment of McKenzie. The speedy wide receiver/returnman set up all of his visits this week with Notre Dame getting the last word. McKenzie will visit Florida this weekend, Ole Miss the following weekend, and then Notre Dame the last weekend of January just days before National Signing Day.
Securing a commitment from McKenzie either on his visit or on Signing Day would be a huge pickup for Brian Kelly and Notre Dame. Anyone who watched the Under Armour All-American bowl saw that McKenzie is an electric returnman – something Notre Dame has been sorely missing over the last few years. He’s got the talent to step in an be a factor in the return game very early in his career and possesses the kind of explosiveness that simply cannot be taught.
Right now Notre Dame does not have any other official visitors scheduled for that weekend, but that could certainly change as Notre Dame is making a series push to land another defensive lineman in the class in the wake of Dickerson’s decommitment. Even if McKenzie is the lone visitor that weekend though, Notre Dame will have the chance to add a big time playmaker to the #GoldenArmy14.