Cornerback Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central) will be one of the most highly recruited California prospects in the 2014 class, but the 6-foot, 170-pound junior won't rush into the recruiting process. His offer sheet already stretches well into double digits -- Quick estimates he is at 16 -- as programs across the country have entered the race, including California, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA and Washington.
While offers from the Fighting Irish, Sooners and Huskies caught his eye in the early going, Quick is in no hurry to begin the recruiting process.
"It was a surprise," Quick said of how quickly his recruitment escalated. "But I just have to stay on track and keep working -- stay humble. I'm just making sure I stay on my grades. I can take care of that [recruiting] stuff afterward. I don't want to get off track."
Quick might not be concerning himself with the specifics of recruiting at this point, but he has taken in college football games each of the past two weekends. After attending the shootout between Oregon and USC, Quick and several of his Central teammates attended Cal's home game against the Ducks this past Saturday. Quick and fellow 2014 recruits Nick Wilson, Tashan Smallwood, as well as seniors L.J. Moore and Tramell Johnson made the trip. It was Quick's first trip to Cal.
"It was pretty cool. I got to watch some old teammates on both teams and they did pretty good," he said. "I didn't see any coaches though."
Quick said he could be in attendance for next weekend's game between USC and UCLA, but added that he isn't sure what kind of travel his schedule will allow for at this time. Right now, his focus is on the playoffs and starring at cornerback and receiver for a team that outscored its last three opponents 144-15. The defensive-minded Grizzlies scored two touchdowns on that side of the ball in their first round playoff win.
"We have to keep rolling, have to keep making reads and communicating," Quick said. "We take a lot of pride in it (defense). I play offense and defense, but we find ways to talk smack to both sides and push each other. We make it into a big way to have fun out there."