McMichael breaks out

Keeping busy running programs and working with kids, it's surprising that tight end Jordon McMichael has any time for camps, but that's not the case as the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder has taken in visits to Nebraska, Iowa and Boston College this summer. The big tight end is emerging as one of the nation's best and has been impressive at each stop. What did the prospect think about the visits and who is in the Minneapolis (Minn.) Breck star's top three?
"I really liked Nebraska and Boston College a lot," he said. "I really like the fact that the coaches at Nebraska seemed down to earth and they were just nice people. The city was centered around the campus and everyone there is a Cornhusker fan which was nice to see.
"The coaches at Boston College were really cool too. I really liked the campus there because it's small and you can get anywhere just by walking to it. It reminded more of Breck as a private school and they have a good atmosphere there. I also know that wide receiver Brandon Robinson goes there and he's from Breck, so that's a plus too."
Currently, McMichael's top three schools are Boston College, Nebraska and Wisconsin. What does he like about the Badgers?
"Wisconsin's coaches seem real and they told me straight up if I come there it'll be hard work, but it will pay off," he said. "Coach Alvarez has made them a good school and they are close to home, more so than the other two."
Will distance play a factor much in the tight end's recruiting?
"I don't think it'll play too much of a role," he said. "It would be good for my family because they want to come and see the games. So that is more for my family than it is for me, but I would say all three schools are on the same level."
One school that could still slip into McMichael's list is Northwestern.
"I could definitely see Northwestern slip in because I have a few friends there on the women's basketball team including Melissa Miller and Kelly Rae Finley," he said. "I'm probably going to take a visit out there in late July to see what the campus is like and then we'll see about them."
This summer McMichael is working out with his brother as he is preparing to improve his game before he heads off to college.
"I'm looking to improve my strength, explosiveness, agility and quickness for sure," he said. "I've already got decent speed and good hands, but with quickness I can get off the line faster and get sharper cuts. I won't just have to rely on my brute strength to run over people. Strength will help me with my blocking because last season I wasn't a great blocker. I've been working on that a lot and I'm looking to dominate that part of the game too."
He's also busy with volunteer work helping and working with kids at the local YMCA and in other programs. The tight end hauled in 412 yards receiving and seven touchdowns along with 80 tackles and 13 sacks as he was named all-conference his junior year.