Highly-recruited defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie announced his college commitment to Tennessee, where his father -- Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie-- once played.
McKenzie, who is transferring to Clayton Valley Charter from De La Salle for his senior year, announced his decision live on ESPNU on Thursday evening from The Opening, a summer showcase event for top recruits in Beaverton, Ore.
"It's just a second home," McKenzie said of Tennessee on the ESPNU broadcast. "Everything about it I love from top to bottom. Everything about it was just the perfect fit."
With schools from across the country in pursuit of the 6-foot-4, 341-pound lineman, McKenzie had trimmed his list of favorites to just Tennessee and Arizona about a month ago.
Ultimately, his family connection to Tennessee -- where his uncle, Raleigh, also had a successful career -- won out.
Rated as the No. 31 overall prospect in the nation and No. 4 defensive tackle by Rivals.com, McKenzie registered 74 tackles and a team-high 12 sacks as a junior for a De La Salle team that went 14-1 and reached the CIF Open Division state title game.
He was named defensive line MVP at The Opening and is considered a five-star recruit by Scout.com.
McKenzie is the third East Bay football player to commit on national television this week. On Tuesday's broadcast from The Opening, Foothill cornerback Isaiah Langley pledged to USC and San Leandro athlete Stephen Johnson picked UCLA.
The oral commitments aren't binding, however. Incoming seniors can't take official visits until the school year begins and can't sign a letter of intent until February.