ELITE FOOTBALL

Michael Laurencelle: Room to Grow

By Jacob Wakai
EFN Staff
Published: 05/09/2017

Brother Rice’s defensive lineman Michael Laurencelle is one of the most unique and under-the-radar players in the class of 2018. He has the size and strength to play defensive tackle, but also the speed and quickness to play defensive end or even linebacker. He has fast footwork and is able to aggressively shed blocks and pursue the ball carrier. Laurencelle’s size-speed combo led to 45 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks last season for the Warriors.

Laurencelle recently took a trip out east, visiting Boston College, Columbia, Cornell, and Lehigh. All of the coaches he met with seemed to be excited about the same thing: his room to grow. Currently 6’4 225-pounds, coaches believe Laurencelle has the body to play at the next level.

“Boston College thinks I could probably play Division I, and that I have the frame to get the size they want on defense,” said Laurencelle. “They feel that they could get me to 250 pounds as a defensive end, and with my quickness, I could contribute early.”

The Ivy League schools had a similar thought, noting the versatility Laurencelle could bring to their front seven.

“Columbia’s defensive line coach said he likes my size and thinks I could play a few different positions on defense,” said Laurencelle. “Cornell also liked me and my size. They think my versatility on defense—being able to play defensive tackle, defensive end, and/or linebacker—is a great quality.”

Other schools have also taken notice of Laurencelle and what he brings to the table. While he does not hold any official offers, the following schools have shown interest in Laurencelle: MSU, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Youngstown State, Navy, Army, Air Force, and Colgate University. These colleges have identified Laurencelle as a top-flight prospect and the buzz around him is building.

Laurencelle is excited by the attention he has received from coaches, and he is eager to meet the challenge of continuing to grow.

“I want to get better. I don’t think I’ve reached my potential as a football player,” said Laurencelle. “I know I can get bigger and stronger and can play and excel at a Division I school.”

Laurencelle’s drive and work ethic also extends beyond football. He carries a 3.5 GPA and is looking to study business at whatever university he attends. Laurencelle is also a natural leader, serving as a captain for his basketball team as a junior and being nominated as a captain for his upcoming football season.

There is a lot to like with Laurencelle. He has all the tools to be successful at the Division I level and the drive to continue to grow and reach his full potential. As the interest in him builds, he is definitely a prospect to track this coming summer and fall.