HIGH SCHOOL: PADUA FRANCISCAN HIGH SCHOOL
BENCH: 260 LBS. SQUAT: 430 LBS.
NUMBERS FROM OHIO STATE CAMP 2003
HEIGHT: 6'2 WEIGHT: 211 LBS. 40 TIME: 4.54 20 SHUTTLE: 4.19
2003 SEASON STATS
CARRIES: 206 YARDS: 956
TD RUSH: 11 RECEPTIONS: 6
YARDS: 48 TD REC: 2
TACKLES: 12 SOLO: 4 INT: 1
Mike carries a 4.6 accumulative GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. At this time he's undecided as to a field of study in college.
HIGH SCHOOL POSITION: Tailback
COLLEGE POSITION: FULLBACK / LINEBACKER
COLLEGE PROSPECT LEVEL: D-I - I say this if he plays fullback. If he's looking to run the ball, he will need to drop down to do so. He would be a top back in D-II, D-III or NAIA. As a linebacker, Mike will need to show college coaches in camp he has the skills or at least the ability to learn the skills in time. I feel he shows enough athletic ability to play linebacker, but you can only tell so much from tape.
I have taken my time in breaking down Mike as a prospect. I have watched his tape a couple of times, and came away feeling the same as the last. Mike is a fullback, who plays a lot of tailback in high school. For the most part, Mike received most of his carries from the tailback spot. But I also saw some snaps from fullback and I like what I see.
On tape, Mike is running in all types of conditions. Wet or dry turf, it doesn't matter. Mike can gain hard yards with some of the best. Mike shows great ability of running between the tackles. Because of this, I see his future as a fullback on the offensive side of the ball.
The area Mike will need to work on is his running style. He's a tall runner, with great feet. From what I saw, Padua didn't have a great line, but many times Mike gained positive yardage on carries he was lucky to get back to the line of scrimmage. Mike also shows the ability to block down field and catch the ball. While he doesn't have to do it much now, he needs to build upon these skills to make a more complete player. I really like how hard he runs, you can see his effort along with his great vision. He also has a forward lean when going down so he gets that extra yard.
While he's got the speed to hit the edge in high school, I don't see it at the next level. If his goal is to play D-I, then he needs to be looking at fullback. I see a 6'2 225-235 lb. fullback in a couple of years. The other option for Mike is on the defensive side of the ball.
Mike also lines up at linebacker. He shows the ability to play the position, but will need more coaching on his drops and reading the offense. He showed no problem getting in the middle of piles, while also showing good form in making tackles. He has the height, he just needs to add the weight. I feel when Mike gets into a college weight program, he will have no problem putting on the weight while keeping his speed.
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I want to thank Mike's parents for sending his information and highlight tape to us. Were sorry about the delay in getting our report done.