After a breakout junior season that led to several high-level Division 1 offers, including an offer from #15 Michigan State, Flint (MI) Carman-Ainsworth 2019 defensive end Michael Fletcher has continued to see offers pour in, but remains focused on building on his 2017 campaign.
Fletcher recently spoke with Spartan Nation about his junior season and his offseason and said that while he felt he showed great improvement from his sophomore year, he noted that he would have liked to experience a little more winning than he did.
“It wasn’t bad, I improved a lot from my sophomore year,” he said. “But we didn’t win as much as I would have liked.”
Throughout the recruiting process, Fletcher has fielded 12 offers, including offers from Iowa State, Kentucky, Purdue, Indiana, Wisconsin and, most recently, Michigan, along with his offer from the Spartans, which he received back in September.
When it comes to Michigan State, Fletcher said that he’s looking forward to getting to know newly named Spartans’ defensive ends coach Chuck Bullough so he can get to know the coach that could be in charge of his position group if he chooses the Spartans at the end of his recruitment.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “That would be my (position) coach, so of course I’m looking forward to building a relationship with him and see what he’s about and what kind of coach he is.”
Fletcher said that he received a visit from Michigan State Executive Director of Player Personnel and Recruiting Sheldon White and quarterbacks coach Brad Salem.
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end who is also a standout on the basketball court said that the two biggest improvements he made during his junior season were his footwork, as well as his ability to shed blocks.
“I did a lot of ladder drills and I play basketball and I think that helps with my footwork,” he said. “So those two things together really got me better.”
“I think that was probably the No. 1 thing that I worked on, using my hands.”
Fletcher, who has been on campus in East Lansing four or five times over the course of the past year, said that Michigan State is ‘Definitely’ one of the schools he’s strongly considering and hopes to make his decision before the start of his senior season.
But with plenty of time left before he steps on a college campus, Fletcher has his sights set on continuing to improve his game and building consistency.
“Perfecting my technique, getting stronger and faster,” he said. “Making sure I do it on a consistent basis.”
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