Michiah Quick, one of the top athletes in the class of 2014, has committed to play college football at Oklahoma. He will bring terrific versatility and plenty of potential to the Sooners.
CSN Chicago provided word of his decision:
Four-star athlete Michiah Quick committed to Oklahoma over Notre Dame on Wednesday, leaving Brian Kelly's 2014 recruiting class at 23, pending the commitment of five-star defensive back JuJu Smith.
Quick has experience playing both wide receiver and cornerback. He's listed as an athlete by 247Sports, and according to the site's composite rankings, he is the No. 7 player with that distinction. He also checks in with a 4-star overall rating and is considered the No. 56 overall recruit in the country.
Coaching staffs have many different ways of handling a recruit like Quick. Some are happy that he's capable of contributing in multiple ways because it will help him find his way onto the field in one role or another early in his college career.
Others prefer players who are more polished in one area. If Quick does stick with the receiver route moving forward, his raw skills give him plenty of upside, which is why he generated so much interest, but he has some work to do.
As a chart from Noah Stanley of 247Sports shows, it was unclear where he was going to land even late in the recruiting process:
While the California native will need to learn the finer points of the receiver position, such as route-running and reading complex coverages, his natural playmaking ability is obvious. He can take a short pass and take it the distance in the blink of an eye.
That's why he's rated so high. He's the type of player who can transform an entire offense, or defense for that matter, if he ends up at corner, and make it more explosive. There is only a small group of players like that in every class, and programs around the country always want more of them.
Quick can also help on special teams, as if his ability to play both sides of the ball weren't enough. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him get his start returning kicks and punts while he settles into one position early in his college career.
Ultimately, the positives far outweigh the negatives for Quick. He's a really solid signing and should be able to make a pretty quick impact. It will take some time for him to reach his peak, but once he does, opponents better watch out and account for him on every play.