Cretin-Derham Hall has a history of producing some of the best football talent Minnesota has ever seen.
The list of stars includes Steve Walsh, Chris Weinke and Joe Mauer. However, there is one even more talented than this trio of elite athletes, according to former Cretin football coach Mike Scanlan.
“Then here comes Michael [Floyd],” Scanlan said in a 2007 interview. “Again Michael, how do you say he’s better than Chris Weinke or better than Steve Walsh, but just in terms of his total package, he brings more into the mix than any of those guys.”
Floyd, who the Vikings signed Wednesday, established himself as a five-star recruit and earned the attention of nearly every major college football program in the country. He was ranked by 247 Sports as the nation’s 14th best player and fifth best wide receiver in the Class of 2008.
Floyd had 59 receptions for 1,247 yards and 17 touchdowns his senior season. He rushed for 497 yards on 43 carries and returned four punts for touchdowns. He also played in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a national prep all-star game, and caught two touchdown passes of 56 and 38 yards. He
Expectations for Floyd were high when he left Minnesota. He responded with four standout years at Notre Dame and was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
Floyd’s NFL career has been scattered with success, but trouble off the field has arguably kept him from reaching his full potential.
We tracked down some old videos to remind Vikings fans of the potential Floyd once showcased and likely still has. Watch:
Floyd had five catches for 110 yards and one touchdown, returned three punts for 40 yards and had one interception returned for 27 yards in the 2007 Class 5A state semifinals 56-14 victory against Brainerd.
“Coming [to Cretin-Derham Hall], I knew it would keep me out of trouble," Floyd said in 2007. "There are people to guide you along the way.”
Highlights of Floyd’s NFL career argue he has the potential to be the next Vikings star receiver.