All's Quiet in Orland Park

Orland Park Sandburg offensive tackle Michael Schofield is enjoying a great senior year so far. Not only is he doing well individually, but his team is one of the contenders in the state. He also is finding things to be more relaxing since he committed to Michigan this summer.

Michael Schofield may be a highly regarded offensive tackle prospect, but opponents should be forewarned to not take him lightly on either side of the ball. The 6'6, 270-lb senior currently leads Orland Park Sandburg in tackles and also has four sacks, three forced fumbles and a blocked kick this season.

More importantly, his team is 6-1. Schofield's play on both sides has been a key for the team's success and although he is showing his talent as a defensive end as well, don't expect to see much of him there in the future.

"I'll probably play just offense in college," he said, "I like offense more."

Schofield is set to play offense for Michigan, where he committed in the summer. He has checked in with the team once, as an unofficial visitor for the opener against Utah and says he may be back for the October 25th tilt with Michigan State.

He also says the Wolverines' current struggles are not affecting his commitment in any way.

"It hasn't changed my mind at all," he explained, "I like the coaches up there anyway, give them a couple years and everything will be fine."

Although he held double digit scholarship offers before his commitment and has turned in a good senior season, other colleges have surprisingly, not tried to swoop in and get him to reconsider his commitment.

"I really haven't gotten anything from any other schools," he admitted, "no letters or e-mails and that's a good thing. I like it quiet."

The placidity of his current recruiting situation means Schofield has more time to concentrate on school and his senior season. With playoffs starting in a matter of weeks, he wants to make sure Sandburg carries their fine regular season over.

"We have to keep our run game going. Once we get that going, the pass game usually goes along with it and we have to just keep playing good football."


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