All-State JUCO WR still looking for a home

Sometimes putting up huge numbers isn't enough to get noticed, but Sierra WR Brandon Michalkiewicz (5-10, 185) hopes to earn a 1A or 1AA offer over the next few weeks once teams get to know him a little better. caught up with the All-State JUCO wideout and he updated us on things including what 1AA program wants him to walk-on...

Michalkiewicz didn't get much in the way of recruiting attention out of high school due to be a non-qualifier, so he headed to the school that was closest to home with a reputation of getting players moved on to the next level.

"Sierra was the most logical choice for me," Michalkiewicz told "I wanted to have a chance at playing at the next level and the coaches here and their program are great for getting guys ready to move on and that's really what I was looking for."

As a freshman in 2008, Michalkiewicz played quite a bit in the receiver rotation and totaled over 800 yards and nine touchdowns on 48 receptions, but this year, as a starter outside he managed 68 receptions for 1,203 yards and 14 touchdowns and received All-State, All-Conference and Offensive MVP honors for his efforts.

"I have 4.39 speed, but I think I play faster than that actually," Michalkiewicz said without a hint of cockiness. "I think a lot of people are surpised that with my size I can get down the field and make plays like I was able to do and then with my quickness, I can get in and out of my cuts pretty easily and that helps me get separation."

To say recruiting has been slow would be an understatment. Michalkiewicz has had nary a look from a 1A school and only tepid responses from 1AA schools, but he hopes to find a home once schools see his highlight reel.

"I was talking a lot with Cal Poly and they were close to offering me, but they decided to go with two high school wide receivers instead," Michalkiewicz said. "I've still been talking to them though and they would like me to walk on with a chance at earning a scholarship.

"They said not to be discouraged about things and to give it a shot and that's the way I'm leaning, but until signing day, I don't want to eliminate anyone. I want people to know I will go anywhere to play ball if it's on a scholarship and I'll definitely get it done, but I also need to know something pretty soon.

"My coaches also said that signing day (February 3rd) isn't the end of things. If I don't have a scholarship by then, I can still wait until almost the end of the school year (May) before I need to make a decision so that leaves me a little more time to wait."

Michalkiewicz already has his AA degree and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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