The First Offer For The Michigan DE

Versatile Defensive End Picks Up His First Offer.

After a few weeks of wondering, the wait is finally over for Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice's Mike Laurencelle, as he picked up his first offer from Ball State on Tuesday.

"It feels really good," Laurencelle said. "I'm happy to know schools are really taking an interest in me after all the work. It's been a stressful past few weeks with all the coaches visiting the school and I'm happy I got that first offer."

Laurencelle. a 6-4 235 DE, is excited about the offer from Ball State, although he is not extremely familiar with the program.

"Ball Stats seems like a really cool place," Laurencelle said. "There's a kid from Brother Rice (Sr. WR Corey Lacanaria) there right now so the connection is real there. I don't know much but I'm learning more and more every day."

With one offer in hand, Laurencelle is looking at adding more, and several teams are checking him out.

"I'm getting looks by all the Ivy League schools especially Cornell and Columbia," Laurencelle said. "Also getting recruited by the Patriot League, especially Lehigh. Boston College is recruiting me along with some Big Ten schools likeMichigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Northwestern. I'm also getting looks from all the academies. All of the MAC schools have talked to me also."

With his ability as a DE and as a long snapper, it is no wonder teams are taking note of Laurencelle.

"Schools should be recruiting me because of my versatility." he said. "I can play any position in the box and offensively can play TE and FB. I also long snap. I feel what separates me from other kids is my speed and quickness. I feel I could be built up to a bigger weight and keep my quickness. I play basketball and think it helps me a lot. I move well for my size which is extremely crucial. I'm also a natural leader. I'm a captain in both the football team and basketball team. I love leading by action and playing with enthusiasm which is contagious on the field. I think another thing about my game that is special is my mental game. I play relaxed mentally and don't get ahead of myself. I play with an edge and never back down. I think I could be a really good fit on any team because of my leadership and versatility."

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