Perhaps more than any school in the country, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
trains, coaches and molds its players to fit its near-flawless system, helping turn ordinary-looking athletes into dominant performers.
Granted, De La Salle has had more than its share of elite talent (Amani Toomer, D.J. Williams, Maurice Jones-Drew), but head coach Bob Ladouceur and staff have thrived at getting players to give maximum effort, yielding incredible improvements.
However, De La Salle may be in line for a talented transfer the likes of which it is hardly accustomed to.
Freshman phenom Kahlil McKenzie
, a standout on the varsity team this season for Southwest (Green Bay, Wis.)
, said he expects to relocate to the Bay Area and enroll at De La Salle the summer of 2013.
McKenzie is the son of former NFL linebacker Reggie McKenzie, who served as Green Bay's director of player personnel for nearly a decade. He was named general manager of the Oakland Raiders in January.
When asked which high school he'd be attending this year, McKenzie indicated he'd remain at Southwest, but planned to move to the Concord area next year and apply to De La Salle.
"I'm staying [this season] because my family wants to let my dad have his space, and I really wanted a chance to win a state championship at Southwest," McKenzie told MaxPreps.Of course, there is an enrollment process and
De La Salle athletic director Leo Lopez said Thursday they have not received any paperwork on McKenzie. He also noted that he or other athletic staff members had not even heard of Kahlil until contacted about
De La Salle Principal, Brother Robert J. Wickman, did not comment on McKenzie specifically, but wrote in an e-mail:
"I am always delighted when families inquire about the possibility of giving their sons the opportunity to have a Catholic, college preparatory education in the tradition of the Christian Brothers at De La Salle High School," he wrote. "Transfer student applications are considered during the semester immediately before desired enrollment. This being the case, the timeline for admission for the 2013-14 school year would begin in January 2013."
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound younger McKenzie has torn up the combine circuit this spring after an impressive freshman campaign.
With his size, athleticism, pedigree and production, he figures to be among the nation's top defensive linemen in the class of 2015.
You can see a clip of McKenzie below, or view his full highlights here