PHENOMenology: Ray Mickens’ son is already a budding middle school star

PHENOMenology: Ray Mickens’ son is already a budding middle school star

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PHENOMenology: Ray Mickens’ son is already a budding middle school star

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RJ Mickens, a talented Texas defensive back, is the son of former NFL DB Ray Mickens and is one of the most highly regarded middle school prospects in the Class of 2020 — Twitter

RJ Mickens, a talented Texas defensive back, is the son of former NFL DB Ray Mickens and is one of the most highly regarded middle school prospects in the Class of 2020 — Twitter

Ray Mickens was an NFL defensive back who spent 10 years in the AFC playing for the Patriots, Jets and Browns. His son, R.J. is still a long ways from those heights, but he’s off to a heck of a start.

As noted by Youth 1, R.J. Mickens has emerged as a bona fide middle school football star while competing for the Team North Texas sixth grade youth football team, which he helped lead to the 2013 Football University National Championship. At that competition he also recorded a 5.18 second 40-yard dash.

He’ll be back competing for Team North Texas, in the seventh grade division this winter, and has already been picked for the 2014 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, and is in line to eventually attend Texas state power Southlake Carroll. He’s still more than a year and a half away from suiting up for the Dragons, but there’s little doubt that Carroll will be excited about using him when he arrives.

For now, Mickens is remaining focused on what’s in front of him.

“Last year was great, going 5-0 and winning the FBU National Championship and all. But we have some new guys this year and we’ll have more of a variety on offense,” said Mickens.

A seventh grader with the presence of mind to put past success in the rearview mirror and focus on what’s in front of him? Combine that with great athleticism and the right football genetics and you’ve got a recipe for a future star.

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