Back in 2015, Josh McKenzie’s story went viral. The then 15-year-old was being called the genetically engineered superboy because since he was five his family was working on making him the perfect athlete.
Josh was a football player and wrestler who’s family had invested heavily in making sure he had what he needed to succeed as an athlete. They were spending up to $15,000 a year on his training. He had 10 different coaches including a mindset coach, isokinetic performance coach, nutritionist, multiple sprinting specialists and a powerlifting coach.
With so much work going into Josh in hopes of him becoming a star athlete at the pro level it seems that the high school junior is not living up to expectations. They went as far as to repeat the eighth grade so that Josh could develop more and stand out to scouts when he played. As dedicated as that is, I think it is a little overboard.
He was considered by many the next big thing.
By now you would think that McKenzie is the best player in the country, but he is not. He is not doing bad, but the results definitely do not live up to what is expected from him based on how he has been handled as an athlete. The superboy moniker is definitely an overstatement.
Currently, Josh plays running back for Bergen Catholic in New Jersey. He has offers to play in college, but so far has not committed to playing for anyone. Rivals.com currently has him as a three-star athlete. The best you can be is a five-star athlete. He is not ranked nationally at running back, but in the state he is ranked number 19. I said he isn’t doing bad, and because he has offers to play college football he isn’t. Most players don’t even get that, but because of all that was spent to get him her being ranked number 19 in the state and not being ranked nationally has to be very disappointing.
As far as wrestling goes, he is doing good. He was a fifth-place finisher in the state back when he was a freshman, but didn’t wrestle in the postseason as a sophomore. Now a junior it will be interesting to see what he can do.
Josh is clearly a good athlete, but was all this necessary for his current ranking as an athlete?
Was it too much hype?
Maybe what this goes to prove is that you can’t just make someone into the best athlete and it takes more than just being able to pay for the best coaches and have him eat right all the time.
Do you think the results for him thus far are disappointing? It seems they really missed the mark when they labeled him the next big thing. This doesn’t mean that he won’t go on and be successful in college and maybe even go pro. There is still plenty of time for that to happen, but it seems like a long shot.