Pros and Cons of Each of 5-Star ATH Michiah Quick's Top 8 Schools
Examining ATH Michiah Quick's recruitment via ESPNU, 247Sports and Scout.com, it seems a core of eight schools make up the main group. Quick, who is from Fresno, California, plays for Fresno Central East High School and is one of the best players in California.
With his electric speed, elusiveness and athleticism, Quick could be successful at an array of positions. Receiver appears to be where he will get his first look in college, but don't count out cornerback, running back or safety for Quick.
A tough decision awaits Quick. He has many juggernaut programs after him. He will have to settle on a decision after he weighs the pros and cons of each school in his top eight suitors.
The Bears would give Quick the ability to stay close to home. He would definitely play receiver in Berkeley, as new Cal head coach Sonny Dykes is an offensive-minded coach. Quick, who would receive a great degree from UC Berkeley, could be the next DeSean Jackson for the Bears.
California is not ready to compete for a Pac-12 title, and Quick may not win as many games there compared to other programs. While Cal is a solid program, other schools on his top list feature better winning traditions and talent.
The Bruins have an enthusiastic head coach in Jim Mora, who is known as a "player's coach". UCLA is not far from Quick's hometown of Fresno, and the academics are great in Westwood. Should Quick feel his long-term prospects are better as a defensive back, he would receive great personal coaching from Mora, who has NFL experience.
Mora is a great fit for the college game, but if UCLA continues to show improvement, NFL teams will once again come calling. Stability is a question at UCLA.
Washington is led by Steve Sarkisian, who is one of the brightest offensive minds in the country. If Quick aspires to be a dominant offensive player, he could not go wrong by opting to play in Seattle. His speed, elusiveness and instincts with the football would be utilized well by Sarkisian.
The Dawgs also offer a great chance at early playing time and have a solid quarterback depth chart.
Washington has not won a conference title since 2000. The Huskies are not a dominant program, so winning could come more easily to Quick at other programs on his list. The weather also could be a factor.
Alabama, the premier program in the country, is run by perhaps the best coach in football in Nick Saban. The program is run like an NFL franchise, and the Tide routinely are in the hunt for a national title. Quick would be surrounded by excellent talent and face competition in the SEC that will prepare him for the NFL.
Tuscaloosa is far away from Fresno and certainly is a different culture from what Quick is used to. Alabama is known for its running game more than having a great passing attack. The Crimson Tide have signed more than five receivers over the past two recruiting classes, so the depth chart could be a negative.
Notre Dame offers Quick the option of playing elite football while receiving an elite degree. The football program is one of the most storied in all of sports, and head coach Brian Kelly has restocked the roster with good talent. Kelly, who comes from a spread offense background, would help develop Quick into a good receiver.
The weather in South Bend is not great. While Kelly is a good offensive coach, the quarterback depth chart at Notre Dame is not as impressive as what other programs boast.
The Ducks are among the top schools in the Pac-12 and played for the national championship in the 2011 BCS title game.
They run an offense that requires speed at the skill positions, which suits Quick. Oregon is a fast-paced team and plays an exciting brand of football. The facilities are great and their home stadium is as loud as any in the nation. The Ducks are also known for their fashion statements on the field.
With Chip Kelly gone, there are questions surrounding the future of the program. New coach Mark Helfrich will keep much of what Kelly constructed, but will that be enough to sustain the recent level of success?
The Sooners signed two of Quick's friends and high school teammates in 2013. Defensive backs Hatari Byrd and L.J. Moore are both heading to Norman, so Quick would have two familiar faces on the team.
Oklahoma, which runs a spread offense, would be a great fit for Quick's style of play. The Sooners are always in the hunt for the Big 12 title.
Distance could be a factor, as Norman is not a short drive away from Central California. The Sooners have not been as dominant a program in recent seasons as they once were.
The Trojans offer Quick the best combination of winning tradition, surrounding talent, a solid stable of quarterbacks and proximity to home. Quick could travel just a few hours south of his home in Fresno and play for one of the best programs in America at USC.
Receivers coach Tee Martin knows how to relate to his players and has a growing track record of developing talent.
USC may be a crumbling program.
Head coach Lane Kiffin enters the 2013 season on the hot seat and there are stability questions surrounding the program. The Trojans were victims of more than five de-commitments in 2013 recruiting. The program also has a somewhat negative national perception at the moment.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.
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