4-star receiver/athlete Michiah Quick projects to be a very impressive player at the college football level, and his top five list is equally impressive.
Quick hails from Fresno, California where he attends Central East High School. He's 6'0'', 170 pounds and is ranked as the No. 3 wide receiver in the country according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He can also play cornerback and special teams though, thus the reason why Rivals.com has him ranked as a corner and ESPN Recruiting Nation ranks him as an athlete.
He just recently unofficially visited USC for a junior day and came away with great things to say, according to Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com:
"They broke us off into groups and they had it like a team meeting as if we really went to 'SC," he said. "Coach O just sat next to me and he told me in that voice, 'You know, you know you are getting offered by USC.' I was like, 'Thanks coach, it is nice to know that I am wanted here.' And I thanked him for the scholarship."
At the next level Quick would like to play both cornerback and receiver.
"[USC] said I could play both sides of the ball, start right off the bat as a true freshman on special teams and do it all.
Abraham then went on to report Quick's top five:
Quick has a top-5, in no particular order, of Notre Dame, Alabama, USC, Oregon and Oklahoma.
All five of these programs are obviously big-time football schools, so Quick really can't go wrong when you look at it from that perspective. That said, which program in his top five would be the best fit?
Right off the bat, it's important to note that Quick is talented enough to be a big-time play-maker anywhere he goes. He has good size and pretty good quickness. He's not necessarily the fastest guy out there, but when he gets the ball in his hands he displays great vision, elusiveness and he runs with long strides, which allow him to separate from the defense.
His footwork is borderline elite and he projects to be extremely effective in the slot where he can cause slower and less agile players to miss. He'll be an effective "yards after the catch player" at the college level.
He can also use that elusiveness as a kick returner. As a cornerback, he has good physicality at the line of scrimmage, good length and he great range.
There's many factors to consider here and every school on this list will provide him with opportunities, but it's the Oklahoma Sooners that will be the best fit, if only because of a developed pipeline.
Two of the Sooner's biggest 2013 commitments, 4-star safety Hatari Byrd and 4-star cornerback L.J. Moore both went to Central East, and Quick has been open about being friends with the two and listening to their advice.
Pipelines are huge in recruiting because they can provide a recruit with a sense of connection and immediate community, and that's exactly what Oklahoma can offer him.
Since he's such a versatile player that's also interested in playing special teams, the depth chart of a particular program may not play as big of a factor in regards to best fit, because he'll find a way to get himself on the field. He's also an extremely talented recruit, and in many cases talent trumps experience on the depth chart.
Quick would fit into Oklahoma's offensive scheme and he could be an incredibly effective wideout for the Sooners. He could also be a big-time depth player at the cornerback position as a freshman for Oklahoma, so there are plenty of options.
I'd put USC at a close second, only because he'd be able to stay in-state and the Trojans have been open with him about playing all phases of the game. There's also the fact that because of scholarship limitations, the Trojans were only able to sign one receiver last year in 4-star Steven Mitchell.
Considering that Quick will be effective wherever he does play though, this could come down to personal preference.
That pipeline between the Sooners and Central East is what makes Oklahoma the best fit for Quick.
He'll have a comfort level with the Sooners program, and he's talented and willing enough to work his way onto the field.