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Malique Micenheimer

Stockton (Calif.) McNair LB Malique Micenheimer was one of Fresno State's first verbal commits. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound prospect has remained a solid Bulldog commit, and he is one of the cornerstones of the class. The aggressive tackling machine, evident on film, can attribute much of his athleticism to his wrestling background. He is currently ranked second in the state in his weight class…

Malique Micenheimer played linebacker and tight end last year for McNair helping lead the Eagles to an 8-4 record. He caught 39 passes for 570 yards and three touchdowns while recording an astonishing 171 total tackles on defense. He also recorded 12 sacks, two interceptions, and forced two fumbles.

Now, the GoldenStatePreps.com All-Northern California selection is handling his business on the wrestling mat.

"I'm 21-2," Micenheimer said of his record. "I've placed in some pretty good tournaments. Right now, I'm ranked second in the state."

He has wrestled every year in his high school career. He started at the 171-pound weight class as a 5'10 freshman. He says he had to drop about 13 pounds to make weight that season. He made it to sub-sections his first year. As a sophomore, he was a 204-pounder wrestling at the 215-weight division and was one match away from making it to state.

Last year, Micenheimer was a match away from placing in state at 215. Now, he has to drop a few pounds from his 220-pound football playing weight to wrestle. He should place at the state meet March 4 and 5 in Bakersfield. However, to lay claim to the Golden State's top 215-pound wrestler he will likely have to defeat Calvary Chapel's Tank Knowles, who is one of the nation's top ranked wrestlers.

But Micenheimer doesn't shy away from a challenge, which is one of the reasons why he chose to play college football at Fresno State.

"I always liked the Fresno program," he said. "It's a hard working school. It's not a Pac-10 school but they always put in work. They're always in a bowl game. They play good versus BCS teams. They're always right there, just a step away."

Micenheimer could be one of those missing pieces to help get the Bulldogs over the infamous "hump." He will play strong side or middle linebacker at Fresno State.

"I play with a high motor," says Micenheimer. "I have a great hit at the point of attack, great hips, I can cover, rush the passer…so many elements playing linebacker that I possess."

He had offers from Nevada and San Jose State prior to committing to FS head coach Pat Hill last October – the same day he received his offer. Washington State offered him as a fullback after the fact.

"Coach Hill called and we talked for about 20 minutes, he offered and at the end I said I wanted to take him up on the offer," said Micenheimer. "He told me congratulations on the decision that is was a good for me and my family. After, I talked to Coach Skip (LB Coach Tim Skipper) for a while.

The Bulldogs started to purse him harder after receiving his first three games of 2010 on film. "San Jose State offered when I went to their team camp," added Micenheimer. "I sent my tape out and got good comments from coaches. Nevada, Oregon State, Washington State, and Fresno State liked it.

"I committed and never looked back."

"After I committed, it felt like a lot of stress was taken off me. I just knew that's where I was going to be next year."

Micenheimer took his official visit to Fresno State Dec. 10. His host was Bulldog freshman cornerback Sean Alston. But he also attended just about every home game at Bulldog Stadium.

"The visit, I liked it," he said. "I got to spend good time with the coaches and players – most of the time the hosts [and recruits] were together. My parents liked it. I liked the school it's not spread out. I like Fresno a lot. It compares to Stockton."

His hometown is also the same as his main recruiter – Fresno State wide receiver coach Keith Williams. "I live close to his family," added Micenheimer. "He always calls me nephew. He's like an uncle. He understands my situation. He is easy to talk to and relate to."

Academically, he reports a 3.5 core GPA. He scored a 1380 on the SAT. He plans to major in kinesiology.

Micenheimer also received interest from Oregon State, San Diego State, and Washington.

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