Christian Michael: Still High on Horns

It's no secret that the Texas Longhorns tend to have their own style when it comes to college football recruiting. They try to recruit high character kids that love the University of Texas and no other player in the 2009 class fits the bill better than Beaumont West Brook's Christian Michael.

Christian Michael's junior season came to an end on Saturday as West Brook lost to Fort Bend Clements. Michael rushed for 1,125 yards on only 125 carries on his way to scoring 30 touchdowns in 2007. Those numbers were good enough to earn him District MVP honors.

He is drawing attention from several programs and could be on the verge of receiving his first offer.

"Oklahoma State came out and said they were going to offer after the season, but I am still waiting on UT in a way," Michael said.

Many prospects go through the recruiting process and are very tight lipped about which way they are leaning, but that's definitely not the case with Michael. He has said in the past that if Texas offered that he would commit and that hasn't changed. What makes the Longhorns so special?

"Their coaching staff is great. They have nice coaches. It's close to home, and Texas has had some very good running backs in the past," Michael said. "Another reason is that they have the course I want to major in. I want to go into engineering and they are real big on that."

On top of interest from Texas and Oklahoma State, Michael is also hearing from Texas A&M and LSU.

"I get tons of mail every day," Michael said. "I am getting mail from LSU, Texas A&M and OSU. I am hearing from LSU mostly. They have really been big on that."

Texas isn't sending nearly as much mail as LSU, but the Longhorn coaching staff has been trying to get Michael in for a game in Austin.

"I get about two letters a month from Texas. LSU sends about 30 a week," Michael said.

"But when Texas does send things, they invite me to games where I would be able to go in the locker room and visit with some of the players and coaches."

Michael may have to wait another nine months to suit up again, but he was very humble when talking about his junior season.

"I've been blessed. I had a great season," Michael said. "Everybody on our team pretty much stayed healthy this year. We were really blessed."

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