April 6, 2020

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Diamond In The Rough: Kirkland Michaux

By Josh Kirkpatrick

The average high school QB doesn’t stand 6’5 tall. The average high school QB doesn’t weigh 220 lbs. The average high school QB can’t drop 40-yard dimes to his receivers. Kirkland Michaux is not your average high school QB. Kirkland is an amazing pocket passer with a strong ability to scramble. His large frame makes it nearly impossible to bring him down. Though he likes to sit in the pocket, his awareness and speed make him a strong dual threat. He has a canon for an arm and can sling balls thirty yards downfield while on the run. He has good vision and will find any receiver that gets open. His football IQ is only matched by his academic achievements. Combine his athletic ability with his 3.6 GPA and Kirkland will stand head and shoulders above any other prospect.

When did you get involved in football?

  • My dad got me involved when I was really young, and I fell in love instantly. I just loved the physicality of tackle football and the big hits. I love the competition and the brotherhood that football brings. I enjoy how the team goes through a lot together and grows stronger together. Football is a lot of fun and I love the pressure to perform.

How do you deal with adversity on the field?

  • We lost a lot of guys to injuries last year, so I got put in the game and had to deal with a tough situation. But we all knew what we were supposed to do, and we all did our jobs. The experience just brought the whole team together.

How do you balance school and football?

  • I always get school done immediately so I can get to football, and I make time to watch tape every day.

What are some things that make you stand out?

  • My size and physicality make me stand out compared to any other QB. I think I’m the best pocket passer in the state, but I also like to run and am a solid dual threat.

Who has influenced you most in life?

  • My dad has definitely influenced me the most. He went through a lot in his life and taught me everything I know about life and football.

How do you lead?

  • I’m always trying to lead my team, on and off the field. I like to have fun but am serious when I need to be. I try to be a guy that my teammates can look up to.  I’m a vocal guy who practices what he preaches. I lead by example and listen to whatever my coaches tell me to do.