"It's possible I will commit to them soon."
"We had a real good trip up there," said Brandon Mickens, who made this trip with his father, Charlie. "It was a nice town, nice stadium. I talked a lot with Coach (Mo) Latimore. It's possible I'll commit to them soon."
Mickens also holds offers from Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas, and Louisiana-Lafayette. At this point, he says he is most focused on K-State and is already planning a return visit.
"I'm to try to make it up there the weekend they play Oklahoma State," said Mickens. "If not I'll go when I take my official visit."
Mickens, 6-4, 195, with 4.6 speed plays defensive end at Clear Springs for the Chargers. After three games, the named him front-runner the defensive MVP in 5A Region III District 24. He leads his team with 36 tackles, three and a half sacks, and three pass breakups.
"I've worked a lot on my ability to play the run," said Mickens. "As a junior I did a lot of rotating and played a lot in pass rush situations. This year, as a senior, I'm able to stay on the field and stuff the run and pressure the quarterback."
Mickens is cousins with Ray Mickens who played at Texas A&M before spending a decade playing cornerback in the NFL breaking in with the New York Jets. He is also cousins with Mike Mickens who played at college at Cincinnati and played one year with the Dallas Cowboys. He knows he still has work to do if he wants to get to the same level as those guys.
"I need to stay focused and work on everything this year," Mickens said. "My number one goal is to try and bring my grades up. After that, my goal in football is try help us win games, play hard and hopefully make All-State."
As a freshman and sophomore, Mickens played on the basketball team at Clear Springs. His athletic focus has been football ever since. K-State is looking at Mickens as an outside linebacker. He says it doesn't matter to him where he plays.
"I feel confident in my ability to play either defensive end or outside linebacker," he stated. "I just need to do what I need to do this year and try to get myself prepared for college. I'll probably make my decision soon. I'll talk it over with my family, but I'm going to make it by myself."
The Clear Springs Chargers are 2-1 this year. This week they're at home to face undefeated Pearland. Mickens wears No. 33 for the Chargers.
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