Elite Washington Safety Michael Carlson- Bellevue

The Bellevue football team is loaded on both sides of the ball and are once again the prohibitive favorites to win another 3A State Championship. One player hoping to help lead the way on the defensive side of the ball is S Michael Carlson and Northwest Elite Index caught up with him recently to get the inside scoop on how things are going this offseason…

At 6’2″, 205 pounds, Carlson is a good-looking athlete and he was very productive from his safety spot last season posting 42 tackles and two interceptions, while helping to lead the Wolverines to their fourth-straight state title.

“Last season was a lot of fun, but we know what it takes to win and you have to put what you did last year behind you and start looking forward,” Carlson told NEI recently. “We’re already lifting five or six days a week, working out together, running, working on plays and stuff like that.

“Me and the rest of the guys who will be seniors organize a lot of that stuff. We want to go out on top and we’re not used to ending our seasons with a loss, so that is a big focus for us this year — go out on top again.”

On the recruiting front, Carlson doesn’t have an offer yet, but he is getting a lot of interest from some Ivy League schools as well as some Pac 12 programs.

“I’ve been hearing the most from Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State so far and a few of the Ivy League schools,” Carlson said. “Yale has been on me a lot and they want me to come out to their camp so I’m definitely going to do that, and I will probably visit a few other schools while I’m out there. Other than that, I’m not really sure right now, but I know I want to hit some other camps and just get out and compete and workout and show people what I can do.”

With his outstanding size, 4.5 speed and smarts, Carlson is a player to keep an eye on this summer as schools get a long look at him and really see what he can do on the field. He is a sure-tackler and he’s very physical at the point of attack. He also plays the all-important free safety spot for the Wolverines and helps get his teammates lined up correctly.

We will have more in the coming weeks and months on Carlson as he progresses through the 2012 off season.