Three-Star Twins Marcus, Dominique McKenzie Announce Their Commitments

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Twin brothers Dominique McKenzie and Marcus McKenzie, 3-star football prospects in the class of 2022, announced their college commitments on Wednesday, September 22. The news was good for the University of Virginia football program.

Dominique and Marcus, skill position prospects who each measure in at around 6’0”, 170 pounds and possess terrific speed, made official visits to Arizona, Pittsburgh and Virginia this past June. The Pine View (St. George, UT) seniors claimed scholarships from all three schools as well BYU, California, Colorado State, Princeton and UNLV, among others. Dominique claimed a scholarship offer from Oregon as well.

Dominique released four finalists – BYU, Oregon, Pitt and Virginia – before announcing his decision. So did Marcus, who announced Arizona, BYU, Oregon, and Virginia as his final four.

Landing the McKenzie brothers continues Virginia football’s 3-star trend in the 2022 Class. All 14 pledges are rated as 3-star recruits according to at least one of the national recruiting outlets Rivals and 247Sports (Note: Only kicker Will Bettridge is a 2-star on one national outlet (247), although he is a 3-star on 247 Composite). 247Sports currently ranks Dominique as a 3-star, the no. 104 wide receiver in the nation and the no. 12 overall prospect in Utah in his class, and Marcus as a 3-star, the no. 88 athlete in the nation and no. 18 in Utah.

Virginia is recruiting Dominique as a wide receiver and Marcus as a cornerback. Both excel on the track as well as on the gridiron. Marcus boasts a top 100-meter time of 10.55 seconds, while Dominique has posted a 10.60-second 100 meters. Dominique edged out his brother for the state championship in the Utah 4A 100m and 200m events this past spring, turning in times of 10.69 and 21.06 seconds. Marcus was the runner-up in both events with times of 10.75 and 21.41 seconds.

Brian McKenzie, who is the twins’ father, played running back at BYU in the late 1990s, and one of those seasons he played alongside current UVA Running Backs Coach Mark Atuaia.

The newest Hoos reportedly plan on taking two-year LDS missions immediately after graduating high school. If those plans hold, the talented duo will not enroll on Grounds until the summer of 2024. Fellow UVA class of 2022 commit Joe Brown, and offensive line recruit out of Lone Peak High School (American Fork, UT), has said he will take a two-year LDS after graduation.

Virginia Football’s 2022 Class

– Will Bettridge, Placekicker, 5’11”, 165 pounds, Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL)
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 4 kicker in the class of 2022
247Sports ranking: 2-star; No. 3 kicker in the class of 2022; No 247 prospect in Florida in the class of 2022
Other rankings: 5-star, No. 1 underclass placekicker by Kornblue Kicking; 5-star, No. 7 class of 2022 kicker per Kohl’s Kicking

Stevie Bracey, Linebacker, 6’1”, 215 pounds, The Lovett School (Atlanta, GA)
Rivals ranking: 3-star
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 82 linebacker; No. 70 prospect in Georgia

Xavier Brown, Running Back/Athlete, 5’11”, 175 pounds, Lexington Christian (Lexington, KY)
Rivals ranking: 3-star all-purpose running back; No. 8 Kentucky
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 85 running back; No. 10 Kentucky

– Joe Brown, Offensive Lineman, 6’3”, 285 pounds, Lone Peak (American Fork, UT)
Rivals ranking: 3-star
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 36 interior offensive lineman; No. 15 Utah

Keyshawn Burgos, Defensive End, 6’5”, 235 pounds, Matoaca (Chesterfield, VA)
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 39 Virginia
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 44 edge; No. 26 Virginia

Karson Gay, Tight End, 6’6”, 225 pounds, Boyd Buchanan (Chattanooga, TN)
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 32 Tennessee
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 32 tight end; No. 16 Tennessee

Will Hardy, Defensive Back, 6’2”, 185 pounds, Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, GA)
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 98 Georgia
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 77 athlete; No. 84 Georgia

Anthony Holmes Jr., Defensive Lineman, 6’2”, 275 pounds, Westfield (Houston, TX)
Rivals ranking: 3-star
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 87 defensive lineman; No. 72 Texas

Davis Lane, Quarterback, 6’2”, 195 pounds, Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, VA)
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 40 Virginia
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 56 quarterback; No. 25 Virginia

Trey McDonald, Linebacker, 6’4”, 225 pounds, Baylor (Chattanooga, TN)
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 39 Tennessee
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 129 linebacker; No. 39 Tennessee

– Dominique McKenzie, Wide Receiver, 6’0″, 170 pounds, Pine View (St. George, UT)
Rivals ranking: 3-star
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 104 wide receiver; No. 12 Utah

– Marcus McKenzie, Defensive Back, 6’0″, 170 pounds, Pine View (St. George, UT)
Rivals ranking: 3-star
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 88 athlete; No. 18 Utah

Brody Meadows, Offensive Lineman, 6’7”, 315 pounds, Graham (Bluefield, VA)
Rivals ranking: 4-star; No. 35 offensive tackle; No. 12 Virginia
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 43 offensive tackle; No. 16 Virginia

Dakota Twitty, Wide Receiver, 6’5”, 215 pounds, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (Mooresboro, N.C.)
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 76 wide receiver; No. 13 North Carolina
247Sports ranking: 4-star; No. 44 wide receiver; No. 9 North Carolina

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