Recruiting Spotlight - Michael Carlson
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Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Mar 22, 2012
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There are going to be a lot of Bellevue Wolverines getting serious recruiting attention this year for the class of 2012. Myles Jack and Sean Constantine are the two biggest names, but people should pay attention to Michael Carlson - because he has a chance to do something that very few Bellevue players can claim; be a three-year starter at BHS.

Carlson has been starting for the Wolverines since his sophomore year. "There's D1 written all over that name," said Matt Razore, Bellevue's defensive backs coach and the one that takes care of a lot of the college recruiting duties for the Wolverines when asked by recently about Carlson. "Mike Carlson, two year starter as a sophomore and junior…he started next to (Hawaii's) Kendrick Van Ackeren, and then this year next to Budda (Baker)…he's just a playmaker.

"He's about 6-2 and about 200 pounds right now. He's got the speed, athleticism…he is a hitter. He is a sure tackler. When he tackles a guy, they go down. You don't see him miss many tackles. On top of that, he's smart. He's back there with Budda this year, and you can attribute a little of Budda's success to him this year because on defense he told him what to do and where to go. Mike Carlson is a huge part of our team, and I think he's Pac-12 for sure. If someone doesn't jump on him fast, they are going to pay for it down the road."

Carlson has played some offense, but there's no question defense is his calling card. "I love the hitting," he told "It's a fun thing to do." Carlson was a Honorable Mention All-KingCo 3A/2A pick, as well as King-5's Player of the Game in Bellevue's win over Lakes.

Carlson's father went to Washington and he grew up in the Seattle area, but when it comes to recruiting he won't limit his options. Washington, Washington State and Oregon State showing early interest. "Staying close to home would be great, but anywhere is fine with me," Carlson said.

Carlson has a brief sketch laid out when talking about attacking the recruiting process this spring and summer. "I'm going to go to a lot of workouts and speed camps," he said. "I don't know what other camps I'm going to go to, but I plan on hitting any of the local ones."

Considering his film and experience, Razore believes Carlson's recruitment is on the verge of blowing up. "They haven't seen his raw speed," he said. "That's pretty much it. When it comes to recruiting, it's all about the combine and the 40 times and all that stuff. He's getting letters from various schools. He's definitely on the radar; it really is just a matter of time with him."

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