Dearborn (Mich.) Fordson wide receiver Baquer Sayed lit up high school football fields this past fall with a plethora of highlight reel catches. Now that the off-season has come, the 6-2, 185-pound Sayed is starting to hear from college programs and taking visits to see what schools he may want to attend.
"I've been hearing from Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Indiana, UCLA, Cal, Bowling Green, Akron and Ohio," Sayed said. "I already went to Michigan State and I liked it a lot. It was a good experience. I went to Bowling Green Saturday and that was nice too. Michigan's Junior Day is coming up soon, so I'm going to go to Michigan too."
Sayed's first focus is on the schools close to his Dearborn, Mich., home – the ones he became familiar with growing up.
"I like the schools close to where I'm living at," Sayed said. "Michigan and Michigan State are close to home, but if other schools are better than that or I get an opportunity to go to UCLA, then I'm going to go with that. It's going to be hard going into a new environment, adapt to that environment and meet new friends. It is going to be hard to adapt compared to Michigan (schools)."
Sayed has not yet received his first scholarship offer, but he is planning an ambitious summer camp schedule in order to start generating those offers.
"(Colleges) are just telling me to come to their camp," Sayed said. "They've already seen highlights and said they liked everything about me, but I think what is most important is me going to the one-day camps and playing in front of them."
As a junior, Sayed reeled in 26 receptions for over 700 yards (nearly a 30 yard-per-catch average) and 11 touchdowns. He is looking to improve upon those junior year numbers as a senior by improving his speed this off-season.
"My forty right now is about a 4.6," Sayed reported. "Last year I ran a 4.8 at the first combine I ever went to and was timed, but this summer at camps I think I'll be running low 4.6's or high 4.5's."