In a battle of undefeated programs, Charleston (S.C.) Porter Gaud quarterback Oliver Michaud took the field against Bishop England and acquitted himself well. During the game, Michaud uncorked several long passes, but the Cyclones were unable to fend off a relentless approach from the Battling Bishops, a team that vaulted to 4-0 with a 42-21 victory over Porter Gaud Friday night.
During the first quarter and a half of play, Michaud showed the qualities that have several Ivy League schools buzzing about his talent. Standing at 6-foot-1 and 228 pounds, Michaud has the frame to sustain the physicality of a full football season and can even move the ball with his legs when necessary, but his primary role on Porter Gaud is as a passer.
When running plays against Bishop England, Michaud displayed accuracy in the short, intermediate and downfield passing game. Michaud also has a live arm and one instance in particular saw Michaud rifle a ball quickly cross-field as his receiver ran an out route — a college-level pass. Michaud found receiver Eric Jackson several times in between areas of zone coverage, which was a connection that proved fruitful on the night.
In addition to his aerial pursuits, Michaud had the pocket presence, elusive nature and instinctiveness required to extend a play when needed. These traits have already drawn the interest of schools such as Davidson, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell and Columbia so far, and Michaud also worked out in front of Harvard during the summer months.
“I definitely [worked on] the small things, like the mechanics, footwork and the nitty-gritty stuff that has to be done in order to have a lot of success,” Michaud told Today’s U. “Just the small stuff in the offseason.
“I’m definitely a better player than I was last year. I’ve definitely improved from this year to last year. I’d say I’m a hard-nosed football player. I’m probably going to get hit, but I’ll get back up. I’m not the flashiest player, but I’ll make the throws that everyone else can and stay in the pocket and get hit or escape the pocket. Just tough and mentally strong, usually.”
As a player fielding interest from a host of Ivy League programs, Michaud places an overt level of focus on the academics aspect of his recruitment.
“I have not been offered, but I’ve definitely been talking to some coaches and visiting their campuses over the summer,” Michaud said. “It’s academics first, and I’m really using football to get into a really good school to help my future.”
Though, the scholastic area is not the only factor that Michaud will weigh when it comes time to make his collegiate decision later this school year.
“Academics are going to play a huge role, but I also like to feel comfortable in the system that they run and feel comfortable with the coaches,” Michaud said.
When that decision will come, however, is still to be determined. Michaud is noticing an uptick in his recruitment, so the Porter Gaud athlete plans to stretch his recruitment out as long as possible in hopes of widening his potential options for college football.
Michaud also says he plans to take several visits to schools showing interest, but he did not expand further on which schools could receive a visit. Click here for a look at the first four-game highlight tape from Michaud’s senior campaign.