Kahlil McKenzie, who could one of the top Class of 2015 football recruits regardless of position, announced earlier this week that he has enrolled at Clayton Valley of Concord and will thus no longer play for national power De La Salle.
The 6-foot-4, 335-pound defensive tackle, who had 12 sacks last season for the Spartans, said on his twitter page on Monday: “Transferring from De La Salle going to Clayton Valley Charter family decision not answering any questions about it but I’m a Ugly Eagle.”
McKenzie, the son of Oakland Raiders’ GM Reggie McKenzie, joined De La Salle last season after playing as a sophomore near Green Bay, Wisconsin.
It is a big loss for the middle of the De La Salle defense, but anybody who has followed the team for a long time knows that the extra time will allow longtime defensive wizard Terry Eidson to come up with a solid alternative. The Spartans nonetheless also still return a majority of their up-front starters.
Clayton Valley already was expected to be a major contender for the CIF North Coast Section Division II title. The arrival of McKenzie will only make that choice more obvious.
De La Salle and Clayton Valley met in the two teams’ first game last season, but they aren’t playing each other in the 2014 season – unless by a longshot it’s in the NorCal Open Division bowl game.