Michael staying close to home

Most high profile recruits spend their entire summer going from one camp to another, criss-crossing their way across the state, or even the nation. But Beaumont Westbrook running back Christine Michael has different plans. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the four-star running back about his summer plans.

While many high school prospects are busy taking unofficial visits and attending summer camps, Beaumont Westbrook running back Christine Michael is taking a different approach to his summer and his recruitment. The 6-foot, 200-pound talented ball carrier is staying in the Golden Triangle area focusing on his offseason workouts and preparing for his senior season.

"I'm just focusing on my football training. I'm working hard and it's paying off. I'm definitely stronger and quicker," Michael said. "I'm not going to any camps. I'm just taking it easy with recruiting and all that."

The Scout.com four-star running back has been in contact with a whole host of schools recently including Texas A&M, LSU, UCLA, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, and Texas to name a few. The Longhorns apparently have reappeared on the recruiting scene for the Beaumont native.

"Their coaches attended our spring game and I guess they liked what they saw," Michael said. "They talked to my coach and told him an offer letter was coming."

Michael indicated that while he was pleased with the new attention from the Longhorns, it won't change his plans or his approach to the recruiting process.

"I'm just taking it easy with recruiting right now and listening to all schools," Michael said. "I'm just thinking about my options and I'm doing a lot of praying. Whatever God says is best for me, that's what I'm going to do."

One school that still appears to be high on his list is Texas A&M. Back in February at the Aggies' first junior day, Michael actually committed to wearing the maroon and white, but shortly afterward felt he made a premature decision and opened up his recruitment. However, the Aggies remain on his mind.

"I like A&M's pro-style offense. It fits my style," Michael said. "They like to feature the running back. I also like the atmosphere there, and it's close to home. That's important to me."

Living on the eastern edge of Texas, LSU is just a few hours to the east and that is appealing to Michael, along with the Tigers' winning tradition. Asked if he has a top list of schools, he mentioned three.

"The biggest factor for me right now is location. I want to stay close to home," Michael said. "That probably means that Texas A&M, LSU, and Texas are up there on my list. You could say that."

While the Golden Triangle product isn't sure about his final destination just yet, he is certain of one aspect of his recruitment, and that's getting it done before his senior season.

"I'll have a decision before the first play of the season," Michael said. "I don't want to have any distractions when the season starts. Once we start playing, it's going to be all about our team and our season."

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