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McNichols has lots to prove July 30, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in profiles, Wayne State.
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Myles McNichols wasn’t allowed to wear his trademark gold shoes but played both cornerback and safety at Saturday’s MHSFCA All-Star Game and projects as an impact player in the Wayne State secondary for years to come. (Photo by Kyle Stefan)

Versatile DB wants to show D-I schools they missed out

By Kyle Stefan

If anyone in Wayne State’s incoming recruiting class felt slighted by the process, it was Myles McNichols.

A 6-foot-1 cornerback and a three-sport athlete at Battle Creek Central, McNichols felt he had the speed, height and athleticism to make an impact on the Division I level.

Colleges could look at his measurable — he ran a blazing 51.98 second 400-meter dash as a track standout — and big-play instincts — he took a kickoff back 93 yards for a touchdown and picked off seven passes in his BCC career — as proof.

While the whole GLIAC offered, McNichols waited for MAC schools to enter the competition. Central Michigan courted early, while a late push by Bowling Green piqued his interest a week after Signing Day.

But offers never came.

“It was tough for me,” McNichols said. “It hurt a little bit. I think some (D-I) colleges messed up.”

Enter Wayne State, which made a late push to sign McNichols over Grand Valley State almost a week after signing day.

Now, McNichols enters an advantageous situation — the Warriors lost their top five defensive backs to graduation and routinely play their best athletes on special teams — with something to prove.

“Don’t confuse it — I am in no way disappointed going to Wayne State,” he said. “Coach Mattix called in January and thought it would be best for me to come up there early, because most likely I’d be suiting up this year.

“They wouldn’t have brought me in — doing what they’re doing with me — if they didn’t want me to play.”

At the D-II level, WSU head coach Paul Winters has seen plenty of recruits in McNichols’ predicament.

“Sometimes, guys like that come in with a chip on their shoulder, really work hard and excel,” Winters said. “Other times, you have guys that don’t work hard, that have a sense of entitlement, that think they’re better than here.

“I don’t think Myles is like that. He wants to be a star.”

And McNichols, despite the snub, has a similar mentality.

“It’s all right,” he said about his final destination. “I’m about to go play at Wayne State, become an All-American, get some league looks and just prove to everybody that they should have picked Myles McNichols.”

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