When the McKenzie brothers (Class of 2022) signed with the Cougs on December 15, 2021, BYU football added some serious speed to their roster.
— Dominique McKenzie (@dom_mckenz) December 13, 2021
Dominique McKenzie is a 6-foot-0 170-pound wide receiver that prepped at Pine View High School (St. George, Utah). In six games as a senior he had 34 receptions for 814 yards (23.9 avg) and nine touchdowns. He returned eight kickoffs for 165 yards (20.6 avg) On defense he had nine solo tackles and one interception. He was named to the All-State second team despite playing in just six games (Deseret News).
But it was McKenzie’s junior season in football and in track where he showed what he was truly capable of. In 2020 he had 84 receptions for 1719 yards and 18 touchdowns with three carries for 11 yards and two touchdowns. This 1,719 yards ranked no. 4 nationally. He also returned 19 kickoffs for 649 yards (34.2 avg). That doesn’t include at least three that were returned for touchdowns (see highlights below), but that were called back on penalties. On defense he had nine solo tackles and one interception. McKenzie was named to the 4A All-State first-team as a receiver (Deseret News) and to the all classifications All-State second-team (MaxPreps).
McKenzie competes in 4A (a smaller classification), but he broke the state record for all classifications in the 200 meters with a 20.96 (UHSAA.org), which was the third fastest time nationally in 2021 and is the only sub-21 prep time ever recorded in the state of Utah. He and his brother also broke the state record (all classifications) as part of the 4×200 meter relay team (1:26.80). Dominique ran a 10.60 100 meter (no. 11 nationally), and finished first in 4A in the 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter, and 4×200 relay. And he also played on the basketball team his junior year.
An argument can be made that either Dominique or his brother Marcus are the fastest recruits to ever sign to play for BYU and that the Class of 2022 is easily the fastest class ever signed by BYU. With Cody Hagen, Dom Henry, and other surprise commits, BYU has ten or more players coming in that have run a sub 4.5 forty.
McKenzie is rated 4-stars by ESPN and 3-stars by 247Sports (0.8676) who rank him as the no. 10 overall recruit from Utah for the class of 2022. He received scholarship offers from Air Force, Arizona, Dartmouth, Duke, Oregon, Pitt, Princeton, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah State, Virginia, and Yale. He also had interest from Boise State, Colorado State, Northwester, Stanford, and Washington State.
Prior to his mission departure I tracked him down to ask him a little about his recruitment:
BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?
McKenzie: It is all-around the right place for me. The football culture, the people, and school mission just align.
BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?
McKenzie: I had lots of opportunities from a number of schools, met awesome coaches, and built great relationships with people all over the country.
BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?
McKenzie: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, playing chess, coding, hanging with family and working out.
McKenzie signed with his brother Marcus in the December signing period, and is preceded at BYU by his father Brian (RB, 1996-97) and mother Salote (Track and Field, 1996-2000). He decided to forgo his senior track season and graduated high school early in an effort to be back and able to participate in spring practices in 2024 (and opening the door for his brother Marcus to break some of his high school track records). He is currently serving a Spanish-speaking mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Atlanta, Georgia.
The article “The need for Speed: BYU football just signed its fastest class of all-time” will be released tomorrow.