A Rocklin High football standout recently joined 630 of the nation’s top high school players taking part in tournament series making sports headlines the country.
“I don’t think it’s going to hit me ‘til I get there, because for me it feels like another combine or camp,” incoming Rocklin High junior Evan Michalet said before he left for the 2015 Blue-Grey Regional Combine in San Mateo. “When I get there, I’m sure I’m going to feel unique and special.”
Michalet ended up doing well at the event, qualifying for the organization’s All Star game to be played this month in Dallas or Tampa.
The 6-foot, 165-pound 16-year-old was nominated to be at the Blue-Grey Regional due to an outstanding 2014 season. He was invited to the event after attending Nike’s Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness camp in May. Though focused on a team sport, the Blue-Grey Regional Combine showcased individual athletes challenging themselves on ability and prowess. The event’s competitions included timed skills, as well as vertical jumps and broad jumps. Michalet competed as a quarterback and in the ‘corner’ position. The competition is sanctioned by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and several other organizations. It is sponsored by FOX Sports, Rawlings Uniforms and Southwest Airlines.
In 2014, more than 425 of the 630 prospects that competed at the Super Combines received college football scholarships their senior year. News that Michalet will now be going to the organization’s All Stars gives him similar prospects.
Last season, Michalet helped Rocklin’s junior varsity team win the Sierra Foothill League by accruing an 8-1 record. He joined the varsity team before the playoffs started, assisting Rocklin High to advance to the second round.
“He’s a super kid, super bright and works extremely hard,” observed Rocklin High School quarterback coach Drew Wyatt, who said Michalet’s athleticism translates into the ability to do multiple things on any field.
“He’s gifted with God given talent,” Wyatt added.
Michalet himself considers his strengths to be jumping, running and hand-eye coordination, though lately he’s also felt improvements in his mental focus and running speed.
In 2012, Michalet was named a West Coast All American, an honor shared by only 12 other high school quarterbacks across the nation. He reigned as one of the top four quarterbacks his age in California, by ranking, before beginning his career with Rocklin High’s Thunder. He continues to constantly train at Playmaker Elite and California Family Fitness, all in an effort to keep excelling.
Mike Johnson, Michalet’s personal trainer at Playmaker Elite, said the prospect has “a bright future” and “deserves it all.”
As for those looking to support him, Michalet’s mother, Taria Baker-Michalet, said prayers are appreciated.
Asked for his own advice to younger high school athletes, Michlalet remarked, “Put in a lot of extra work — and keep your grades up.”