Sweet Eighteen

Happy 18th birthday to 2008 WR commit Michael Floyd, who just this morning was announced as Minnesota’s 2007 high school football player of the year by the Pioneer Press, for the second straight season:

The only thing missing is the Class AAAAA state championship. Eden Prairie quashed that opportunity for Floyd with a 50-21 victory over the Raiders in Friday night’s title game at the Metrodome.

The disappointing end to Floyd’s prep football career won’t damage his stature as one of the best high school receivers in Minnesota history. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior drew comparisons the past couple of seasons to former Holy Angels star Larry Fitzgerald Jr., now in his fourth NFL season with the Arizona Cardinals.

Floyd, who has committed to Notre Dame, finished the season ranked No. 81 among the nation’s top 100 seniors by Rivals.com, a leading national scouting service for high school football. Rivals.com ranks Floyd at No. 13 among receivers nationally.

Despite double-team coverage and a variety of defenses geared to stop him, Floyd had 56 catches for 1,211 yards and 17 touchdowns to help Cretin-Derham Hall finish with a 13-1 record. He averaged 21.6 yards a catch and ran for three touchdowns.

Floyd is the first two-time winner of the award in over a decade, but he hasn’t let the hype that comes with being a hotshot athlete go to his head:

[Cretin-Derham coach Mike] Scanlan said the Golden Domers will be getting a receiver with the physical skill set comparable to that of Hall of Famer Michael Irvin - a big, strong, workhorse with exceptional hands.

“He lifts weight like he’s a lineman,” Scanlan said. “Most skill guys, they don’t like the weight room. But he understands that if he is going to play at the next level, he can’t rely on his natural ability alone.”

The difference between Irvin and Floyd, who was unavailable to comment for this story due to a meeting with Notre Dame officials, is the ego. Floyd hasn’t let all the attention, and there has been an awful lot of it, change him, his mother said.

“Michael really is more embarrassed by all the attention,” [Floyd's mother Theresa] Romero said. “I think people think it’s difficult for him to be level-headed. It’s really not. He tells me that he’s a man now. I tell him, ‘I don’t see any paycheck here yet. So you’re still my son.’”

The Pioneer Press article also contains this tidbit:

The national signing date for high school football players to make formal commitments to colleges isn’t until Feb. 6. That’s plenty of time for Floyd to re-think his plan to attend Notre Dame in the fall of 2008, but no chance.

“I won’t be changing my mind,” he said.

Exactly what we want to hear.

Congratulations, Michael. And Irish fans, if you haven’t read the profile that I excerpted right after Floyd’s commitment, now’s a good time to do just that.

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