A five-star tailback revealed plans Friday to play for Georgia, where he could be next up at the position after Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
Sony Michel from American Heritage in Plantation, Fla., announced on ESPNU that he’s committed to Georgia, picking the Bulldogs over Miami and Notre Dame.
“Georgia was a wonderful place,” Michel said after he disclosed the Bulldogs were his choice. “The first time I stepped on campus, I loved it. Georgia’s also different. I also wanted to experience something different.”
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Michel is rated the nation’s No. 2 player for 2014 at his position by Scout.com, ESPN.com and Rivals.com. He’s Rivals’ No. 5 overall player, but his coach at American Heritage, describes Michel as “humble.”
“That’s one thing you don’t see of guys of his caliber and being able to control all the things that come at him as far as since his eighth grade,” said Mike Rumph, who played at Miami and for six seasons in the NFL. “He’s humble, hard-working and very smart and one of the most athletic kids I’ve ever coached just with his track, baseball and football. He always excels and comes out on top.”
Michel could make an impact also on special teams or lining up in the slot as a receiver.
“He just bring so many intangibles to the board,” Rumph said. “I don’t think sitting there seeing there are some freshmen All-Americans in front of him is going to intimidate him.”
Gurley and Marshall “gave me the itch of wanting to go to Georgia,” Michel said. “Having two great running backs there is awesome. I can go in and compete. I always want to earn my spot. I don’t want anything to be given to me.”
Michel rushed for about 1,200 yards as a junior, but Rumph said his carries were limited to about 12 to 14 per game because his team was winning by lopsided margins.
He rushed for 4,819 yards and 58 touchdowns since becoming an “eighth-grade phenom,” according to the Miami Herald.
Michel’s commitment—Georgia’s fifth–came days after tight end Jeb Blazevich from Charlotte, N.C., announced he planned to sign with Georgia.