One to watch in the years to come is Southlake (Tex.) Carroll 2020 cornerback R.J. Mickens. The talented youngster made a name for himself this past season starting on varsity for one of the top 6A programs in the Lone Star State. His recruitment has quickly taken off and now sits with over double-digit offers including landing his most recent offer from the Wolverines.
“I found out through my head coach and I was very thrilled to get an offer from such a big program,” Mickens told The Michigan Insider. “It means a lot and they are in a great conference. I’m very interested and I like the tradition of great coaches and NFL talent. (Jim Harbaugh) is a great coach and built a great tradition they have over there now.”
With an offer now in pocket from Michigan, the 5-foot-10,165-pound Lone Star State defensive back looks to visit Ann Arbor in the near future.
“Yes, probably in the fall when it's hot here, so I can get to somewhere cold or when I do the Sound Mind Sound Body up there,” said Mickens. “Yes, I am (a fan of the cold) when I’m not playing at least.”
Mickens already plays beyond his years having a nose for the ball and making plays, which he credits for being a student of the game.
Still, with three more years of high school football, he knows there is still a lot to learn and work on.
“Instinctive is how I like to describe (my game) and when I get out there, it just happens because of preparation,” said Mickens. “I've been working on my speed and strength consistently and have already seen significant improvements.”