NC State played host to four-star QB Morgan Newton a little over a week ago when the Carmel (In) High School standout made an unofficial visit to Raleigh. This past weekend the Wolfpack landed a visit from one of the key blockers for Newton on his Carmel squad when OL Brooks Michel attended the Pack’s spring game.
At 6-7, 280 pounds, Michel is a mammoth tackle prospect that played a key role in helping lead Carmel to a 5A state championship in 2007. For his efforts, Michel was named all-state and that has helped him catch the attention of numerous division one schools. To date, he’s landed scholarship offers from NC State and Minnesota with steady interest coming from schools like Virginia, UNC, Iowa, Boston College, Indiana and Purdue. With a visit to Iowa already under his belt, Michel came away thoroughly impressed with what NC State had to offer.
“I liked it a lot down there,” said Michel. “The coaches are all class acts. The facilities there are incredible and they have great fan support. Coach (Don) Horton is the coach recruiting me and they talked a lot about flexibility and how I needed to work on that. He’s a great offensive line coach and he has a good background as far as getting players into the NFL.”
Michel also had a chance to spend some time with head coach Tom O’Brien. When all was said and done, the rising senior said NC State turned out to be better than he ever imagined.
“Coach O’Brien is a great guy,” he said. “He’s a good leader. You can tell he focuses a lot on academics and he’s a disciplinarian.
“I did not expect NC State to be like that and that trip really helped their chances. It was awesome.”
While some may consider the distance from Indiana to North Carolina to be a hindrance, Michel said that simply wasn’t the case.
“It’s not terrible (the distance),” said Michel. “I’m going to play out of state probably. The flight was only about an hour and a half so my parents were cool with that distance.”
With two visits now behind him, Michel is looking forward to a visit at Minnesota later in the week. Although he hasn’t ruled out any college options, Michel has been impressed with the programs he’s visited so far.
“I don’t really have any favorites but the ones I’ve visited are above the others,” said Michel. “I would say NC State and Iowa are my top schools right now but they’re the only two I’ve visited. I’m going to Minnesota next weekend so I’m interested in them all right now. I’m just going to see what I like and I’m planning to visit some colleges over the summer and see how I like the coaching staffs.”
As for a time-frame to make a commitment, Michel said he’s leaning towards and early one.
“I want to play it by ear,” he said. “I’d like to commit before the season to get it out of the way so I can focus on getting another state championship at Carmel.”
Michel plans to work some camps at his high school this summer and said the only college camp he has scheduled at this point is with Iowa.