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Michael Carlson makes name for himself

8/31/2012

SEATTLE -- Bellevue’s big names made big plays.

UCLA linebacker commit Myles Jack planted Euless (Texas) Trinity quarterback Matt Hawkins on a vicious fourth-quarter sack that helped force overtime -- he also rushed for a 66-yard third-quarter touchdown.

Bishard “Budda” Baker, one of Washington’s top 2014 prospects, scored a 14-yard touchdown in overtime and flashed dynamic speed and quickness on defense and special teams.

Washington linebacker commit Sean Constantine was in the middle of the action all night.

But, playing right with that top talent during the Bellevue, Wash. school’s 31-24 overtime victory against the Trojans was Michael Carlson.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety moved up to linebacker for the game, showcasing his speed, quickness and playmaking ability against Trinity’s superior size.

“I just tried to come out hard, bring a lot of energy, lead my team,” Carlson said. “My whole mindset was just to use my speed and quickness to my advantage, because they’re really big. It worked in my favor the first couple of quarters.”

Carlson started his senior season with offers from Montana and Montana State, but has started to hear from Boise State, Washington and Washington State.

“I’m just looking at my options right now,” Carlson said, soaking in the excitement of winning a game against a Texas power. “A few more offers would be great.”

While he tries to help Bellevue win a fifth straight state title, Carlson is trying to add size and speed. But Constantine believes his teammate already has Division I talent.

“He’s a beast,” Constantine said. “He makes plays. That’s what he does. I’m not a college coach, but I would put my heart on the line for him.”