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As the #1-ranked receiver in the nation, Michiah Quick of Fresno (Calif.) Central High East 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'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."
Quick isn't listing any favorite programs 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."
"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, and Johnny Johnson committed to UCLA.