April 9, 2020

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Diamond In The Rough: Michael Phoenix II, WR, Conroe

Michael Phoenix II is the complete package. Standing at 6’1 and 170 pounds, he is a fast and athletic wide receiver with a real nose for the ball. Michael is quick on his feet, able to juke and run routes as well as any other receiver out there. His height and wing span make him a large target for the quarterback. Michael has strong hands and is willing to dive for any ball – just throw it up and he’ll be there to catch it. With his speed and size, Michael can outrun and out block any cornerback in the division. As a respected student athlete, Michael is a leader both on and off the field. He prioritizes school, but always finds time to work on his game – even at home when others would be resting. Michael is a hard worker and is always hungry to learn more about the game and has a desire to improve in any way possible.

When did you start playing football?

  • I’ve been playing football since I was 5 years old. I have three uncles who played college ball, so I’ve been involved and surrounded by football ever since I can remember. I really fell in love with football because of my uncles. There really just isn’t anything like football. I just love the atmosphere of the game and of the crowd.

What’s your style of play?

  • I play fast, I hit hard and I’m scrappy. I do my best to dominate the other team from the beginning till the end of the game by making big catches or cracking blocks.

How do you deal with adversity on and off the field?

  • Adversity always finds you on and off the field. My mentality is to always find the good in a situation and to do your best to overcome the bad. How you deal with those situations really determines who you are as a person.

Who is your favorite NFL player?

  • As a wide receiver I respect players like Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, but I’ve always loved Adrian Peterson. I just love the way he runs and his style of play. He’s just so dynamic. I also got to meet him once, so that left a lasting impact on me.

Who have influenced you most in your life?

  • My dad has really taught me the true meaning of being a man. He’s made a bunch of sacrifices for our family and has shown me how to be hard working and honorable in life and on the field.

How do you balance school and football?

  • I think that there is a place for school and a place for football. As soon as I get back from practice, I sit down and finish my homework. Once that is out of the way, I eat dinner and watch film. I think that to be a player at the next level you have to be dedicated to the sport even at home, so that’s what I try to do.

What do you think you have to improve to compete at the next level?

  • I think my speed and footwork are where I can improve. I mean, I think those are two areas that no matter what level you are, you can always improve there. I also think I need to work on little details, like running every route perfectly and hand positioning and stuff like that.

What sets you apart from the competition?

  • I work hard, and that isn’t a lie. Over the summer I worked out three times a day every day. I never missed a day this summer and that work ethic is what makes me different. It’s a eat or be eaten world and I’m a dog. A hungry dog who’s ready to eat.

How do people perceive you as a leader?

  • People have always told me that I’m really caring and have a big heart. I care about every little thing that comes up with my friends and teammates. People just trust me and come to me with their problems. I think that’s why they see me as a leader.