Michael Niemiec | Tuscarora High School | WR/QB | 2023
Twitter: @michaelniemiec4 | Instagram: @michael_niemiec
Q: Tell us about your high school career and what the recruiting process has been like thus far.
A: I enjoyed my freshman season immensely. I was able to lead my team in touchdowns as both receiver and backup Quarterback. I was also able to be a starting player for offense, defense and special teams for both kickoff and punt return. One memory that I will always hold on to was being able to dress for and practice with varsity in the post season where we were lucky enough to make it all the way to the Virginia 4A State Championship. I have not had any involvement with recruiting as of yet.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My greatest accomplishment so far has been scoring 5 touch downs in one game.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at your school?
A: My coaches have instilled in me that my teammates and coaches are family. We work together, we win together, we lose together, we celebrate together and we help each other up when we stumble. They have also taught me the importance of being dedicated, disciplined and devoted to my team, my family and my God.
Q: What have you learned during this unique time in 2020? What did you focus on or accomplish during Quarantine?
A: I have learned a lot during this unique time. I have chosen to focus on taking this time to be dedicated to getting stronger and faster. I have been lifting weights at home and attending various conditioning speed training and quarterback training.
Q: If you could play in college, what would you choose to major in? What are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I would love to earn the opportunity to play in college and I am interested in majoring in Psychology. If football doesn’t work out for me, I plan on still attending college and putting my passion into the next phase of my life.
Q: What would your current teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: I would hope that my teammates would know that I am a team player and love being on the field with them. I would also hope they know that I am dedicated to our program and will always do whatever I can to get us into the end zone.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career so far?
A: The most memorable play of my career so far has been the first time I caught for a touchdown. I will always remember the feeling of grabbing the ball and taking off to reach the endzone.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge so far is that I have tinnitus in my ear that can sometimes be very annoying. I have learned to “tune it out” by listening to music, deep breathing or doing my best to ignore it and focus on something else.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a collegiate or pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would have to say Jaylen Waddle from Alabama because he is considered to be “light” for the level that he plays at, but yet he is extremely fast and more than anything he is a play maker.
Q: What is your biggest strength and why should college coaches & scouts consider you?
A: I have always been a student of football and have studied plays and defenses since I was a little boy. This passion for truly understanding the game has helped me to become a player that can read the field, make quick adjustments, and most importantly be a playmaker for my team. I would hope that my abilities on the field would help scouts and coaches take note of me. I believe it is my behind the scenes work off the field and in the offseason that would give them confidence to work with me.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I am planning to become involved with a program at my school called Husky-buddies when I get to go back to school. Husky-buddies is a club at my high school that helps special needs students with all sorts of different things in school.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 High School National Scouting Combine and what are your goals for the combine?
A: I have been working on speed-training, following a nutrition program as well as lifting weights 6 days a week. My goals for the combine are to run at least a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash and to standout as an overall athlete.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be to be able to play for a D1 college team.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football? Do you play other sports?
A: I like to play X-box, skateboard, play basketball and run track. I also like to hang out with my friends and family.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My Dad has been my most influential person in my life.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I have a titanium plate in my head.
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