Carlson Has Recruitment On Hold

Bellevue (Wash.) outside linebacker Michael Carlson has put recruiting on the back burner while he works toward another state title…

Bellevue (Wash.) outside linebacker Michael Carlson and his teammates play Samammish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic tonight at 7:30pm on ROOT sports for the WIAA 3A State Title. It would be their tenth title in twelve years and the fifth straight for the Wolverines.

"It's been going real good, I am just really focused on this week on winning a fifth straight state title," said Carlson. "I am not too worried about recruiting."

Carlson has had to fight through some adversity this year, including missing some games due to injury.

"My arm was broken six weeks ago, then I played a couple weeks with cast and then I played without that last week," said Carlson. "It was really frustrating and another setback, nobody wants to get hurt for their senior year. I definitely wanted to play in those games."

Even with the missed time, college coaches have seen enough to offer and show interest in the 6'2" 206lbs prospect.

"Montana, Montana State, Portland State and Yale have offered me," said Carlson. "The bigger schools like Oregon State, Washington State, Nevada and Arizona State are talking to me as well. We'll see how that works out."

"Right now I only have my Yale visit scheduled," said Carlson. "I am going in the next couple weeks."

Carlson has kept busy in order to stay focused on the field and not the future.

"I have been watching a lot of film, and we have had long practices," said Carlson. "I have been focused on studying and school work. When this is done, my coaches and parents will help me with my future."

So what would it mean to win another state title in his senior season?

"It means the world to us; we have been talking about this since freshman year," said Carlson. "We wanted to be best team in the nation and the best team ever at Bellevue, we have one more game to go. We want to be the first team to win five straight titles."

Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for
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