No. 1 WR likes the Irish

One of the premier wide receivers in the 2014 class, Michiah Quick of Fresno (Ca.), talks about which schools are recruiting him the hardest, why he likes Notre Dame, and what he has planned for the spring.

The nation's No. 1 ranked wideout, Michiah Quick of Fresno (Ca.) Central High East, was offered by Notre Dame last spring. Since then, the Irish have caught his attention.

"I like the characters on their team, they have really good guys and good leadership," Quick said. "They are a traditional school and they were No. 2 in the nation. Their defense can always make it a good game. I like their style of play, too. [Notre Dame passing coordinator] Coach Denbrock is a really cool guy."

As the top-ranked player at his position, Quick acknowledged there is extra motivation that accompanies that ranking.

"I know I'm No. 1 right now, and it's pretty cool, but I'm not letting myself get big-headed," Quick said. "I'm working out really hard this offseason, so no one takes my spot. I'm mostly working on my routes and improving my overall speed. I'm focused on my senior season."

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete says his hands and movement in small spaces are what set him apart from the rest.

"I have really good hands and can make any catch," Quick said. "I have pretty quick feet and good moves. I would say my game is similar to that of Julio Jones."

Quick isn't listing any favorites right now, but he does know what criteria he's looking for in a school.

"I'm looking for tradition, style of play, and I want to be a part of something," he said. "I want to help build something and work towards a championship. Also, I'm not going to go anywhere that doesn't pass the ball. I'd like to return kicks on special teams,too. So, if a team is recruiting me to do that, it will be a big plus for them."

Quick's raw talent and unquestioned athleticism and smoothness have allowed him to excel on both sides of the ball and in a variety of positions.

"Freshman year, I played on the outside, but sophomore and junior year I played slot," Quick said. "They are moving me back to the outside for senior year. I think I'm the best on the outside because that's where I can do the most damage -- when I'm on the single side by myself. I like playing corner too because it keeps me on the field. I'll play anywhere to stay in the game."

The five-star prospect doesn't have a timetable for narrowing his list or making a final decision. However, right now, Quick says he's hearing a lot from Oregon, a school he believes is close to extending an offer. In addition, he's hearing frequently from UCLA, California, Southern Cal, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

"I don't have a date to decide," Quick said. "When I feel comfortable, that's when I'll commit. I probably won't take any visits that are too far away until I start taking official visits in the fall. I'll take all my official visits. Southern Cal invited me to their junior day coming up, but I'm not sure if I'll make it."

Quick's high school teammates, 2013 defensive backs L.J. Moore and Hatari Byrd, inked with Oklahoma last week.

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