Ethan McKenzie prefers to keep his options open.
Standing six-foot-5 and weighing 300 pounds, the Heritage Christian junior is the starting left tackle and nose tackle for the Eagles’ football team. And though football has always been the McCordsville resident’s first love, McKenzie stays involved in other activities off the gridiron, including those of the theatrical variety.
For example, he earned the role of Little John in the school’s production of “Robin Hood” his freshman year.
Yes, he had to wear tights.
“That was rough,” he said with a hearty chuckle, “I survived though.”
Between the lines, McKenzie, who was born in Greenfield, is all business when it comes to protecting his quarterback or stuffing the run. That’s why this offseason and especially this summer, he got serious about improving his craft.
McKenzie attended linemen-only camps at Eastern Illinois, Indiana and Notre Dame in addition to the Junior Rank Sports Diamond Flight Camp in Chicago, where he took on linemen from all over the Midwest.
“Those were really good experiences. The IU camp was the first real big camp that I’ve done,” said McKenzie, who has received letters of interest from Michigan State and Wisconsin. “It opened my eyes to the kind of competition I’m going to be expecting to see.”
Allen Trieu, Midwest Football Recruiting Manager for Scout.com, saw McKenzie for the first time at the Junior Rank Camp and walked away impressed.
“For a young kid at that size, he was moving around pretty well,” Trieu said. “Sometimes kids that young are uncoordinated, but he was able to move that big body around.
“It was a smart move by him to come out to some of these summer camps and see good competition from around the country. It’s a different kind of competition than he’ll be seeing during his high school schedule. That’ll help him in the long run.”