By BRANDON RICHARDSON
Standout wide receiver Michael Cheeks is taking his talents less than two hours down the road to the University of West Georgia.
“I’m looking forward to the experience with a new team and new environment. The coaching staff was friendly and very easy to talk too,” said Cheeks.
The West Georgia Wolves receive an athlete with many accolades. Cheeks was named All-Region 7AAAAAA return specialist, was named as an honorable mention for All-Gwinnett County, and was named as the Gwinnett Daily Post Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Habersham Central that included four receptions for 159 yards and three touchdowns.
One of his eight touchdowns on the season included a 90-yard kickoff return against conference foe Norcross. The return was Mill Creek’s longest kickoff returned for a touchdown in school history. Cheeks is the only wide receiver in this year’s Wolves’ recruiting class (to date) and will bolster a spread passing attack that averaged only 147 yards per game.
“[I like the fact that] they run the spread offense and will pass the ball a lot during the game. It will give me a lot of opportunities to catch the ball,” said Cheeks.
Cheeks went on to say that the coaching staff told him the best receivers will play but, he will not be redshirted this fall.
“We believe [this recruiting class] is certainly as talented as any class we’ve recruited. We are very excited about the newcomers already enrolled and the group that will join us in August,” said West Georgia head coach Daryl Dickey.
The Wolves play in the Gulf South Conference and were 3 – 7 this past season. The conference includes Shorter University, where his MCHS teammate Matt Kopp committed today. Mill Creek fans will have a chance to see the two compete against each other as both teams are located in Georgia.
“I found out [Kopp] committed to [Shorter] earlier today and I look forward to seeing him. It will be interesting,” said Cheeks.
Cheeks is a two-sport athlete; he participates in track and field and football. While the wolves currently do not have men’s track team, Cheeks says they are working on getting one and that he will be a dual-athlete at the collegiate level also.
With Cheeks departure, he also takes along with him 21 catches for 588 yards and seven touchdowns. MCHS also loses their leading returner and his 340 return yards and one touchdown.