Colleges taking notice of Big Mike

As his weight continues to drop, 2016 Northwood-Lena power forward Mike Layssard is seeing interest from high-major colleges rise. Check out which Big 12 school recently entered the mix and where "Big Mike" stands with LSU.

2016 Northwood-Lena power forward Mike Layssard has his formula down pat.

The more weight he loses, the more colleges come calling.

Layssard, 6-foot-8, toed the line of 300 pounds this time a year ago and, at Combine in the Capital in September reported being down to 267 pounds.

After Northwood's first-round Class 1A playoff win Friday night, Layssard said he's even slimmer, now at 254 pounds.

"That’s a lot to me to have all this weight gone and I’m moving a little bit quicker on my feet now," Layssard told TSD. "I don’t always necessarily have to go down low and post up. I can catch it, get in a little threat mode, take off straight to the rack and poster somebody."

A truly unique player in that he's gifted with quick feet and outside touch even with all that natural strength, Layssard is picking up steam on the recruiting trail.

"I’m hearing a lot still from Texas A&M, Mississippi State. I’ve got New Mexico State that came in," Layssard updated. "I’ve got Kansas State. (Assistant coach) Chester Frazier, I’m talking with him a lot, keeping in touch with him. I’ve gotten a lot more, though."

Layssard remains in contact with Aggie assistant Rick Stansbury "almost every other day," and he included LSU in the mix of schools that have started to reach out to him.

"I’ve heard a little bit from them," he admitted. "I haven’t heard as much as I have from other coaches, but I’m pretty sure, I hope they come soon."

"Big Mike" scored 21 points in Northwood's 77-62 win over Vermillion Catholic before fouling out. His haul included a made three-pointer and, late in the ballgame, a vicious drop-step-turned-dunk.

Check out TSD's full video update with Layssard.



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