The 6' 3", 220 pound middle linebacker is one of the more coveted players in Florida as he holds over 20 BCS offers. Mike has the whole package, as he is able to stuff the runners, while also having the ability to drop back in coverage and play like a defensive back.
"I have always been blessed with speed, but I really worked hard in the offseason to work on my explosion and it paid off. I felt a step quicker this year."
Mike finished the season with 100 tackles, 7 sacks, and 1 interception. Last season, he collected 122 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 interception.
The Largo standout has had four inhome visits this past week.
"Duke, Stanford, Ole Miss, and UConn have all been by my house this week. I had a good talk with all of those schools."
What did Duke have to say?
"This was the second time they have been by my house. They brought over their LB coach, Jim Collins. They also brought over their defensive coordinator, Mike McIntyre and their wide receiver coach, Derrick Jones. They pretty much spoke about their education. They are one of the top academic institutions in the country. I also have a good chance to play there as a freshman. Those were the main things they spoke about."
What stood out during the inhome?
"I like the coach's personality. I think Coach McIntyre is a good coach, and he is fun to be around. And besides, I could get the best education in the country while playing football (laugh). That's not a bad thing."
How did the Ole Miss inhome visit go?
"Coach Vaughn came by, and he spoke about their education programs. He talked about the people I would be around. We talked a little about football, but we mainly talked about their academic programs."
What stood out?
"I like it that Ole Miss is so concerned about my education. No matter what happens, I know Coach Vaughn will be there for me, no matter if I go or do not go to school there. We have that relationship that goes past football. I also know Dexter McCluster well. We went to school together at Largo. He loves it up there and is always talking it up. I think I have a good opportunity to play and it is in a good location where there is not any crime. You can concentrate on your books and football."
What about the Stanford inhome visit?
"The main thing we talked about was their education and the opportunities it would present me if I did not make the NFL. You can get a good job right out of college with a stanford degree."
What issue did Mike like most with the Cardinals?
"I like their education program and coaches, especially Coach Willie Taggart."
Who else is involved?
"I get a lot of calls from everybody. West Virginia
and Ohio State also came by the school this week."
What did they say?
"They want me to try and line something up in January, for me to come up there."
Who is coming after the Tampa Bay resident the hardest?
"I would say Stanford, Duke, Iowa State, and Ole Miss. Those four are pretty much the same."
What stands out about Iowa State?
"I just liked the coaches and environment when I visited. I liked everything about it. I really liked Coaches Chizik and Cullan. Coach Chizik called me after he took the Auburn job. He said he still wants me."