Editor’s note: This post from Dalton Keene will be the beginning of a new series breaking down UGA recruiting.
To kick off the series about Georgia Bulldog recruiting, the one guy that I would like to discuss is Sony Michel. Michel was on everyone’s radar heading into the season, but he is off the market. He is a 2014 Commit to the University of Georgia. Michel comes into Athens as the 2nd-ranked running back in the entire 2014 recruiting class by at least one recruiting service, and he has a 4-star rating with an excellent grade of an 88 by ESPN (which places him at #16 overall in their top 300).
However, Michel isn’t the prototypical big running back that SEC teams have been taking to recently. He stands at a solid 5-11, but only weighs 194 pounds as he exits high school. Michel played his high school ball at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL., and the fact that he is coming out of Florida only helps the state keep their title as a recruiting hotbed. Incredible talent has come out of Florida in recent years, and every year, they produce guys who go right into programs and help the program rise up through the rankings.
In his senior season at American Heritage High School, he ran for 1,840 yards, averaging an insane 8.60 yards per carry, which is impressive at any level of football. With those kind of stats, Michel shows you that he could be able to go right into Athens and be a force on offense. Presumably, a backfield that already includes Todd Gurley (for at least one more year) and now Michel, only means great things for Mark Richt and his coaching staff.
Please stay tuned as we continue our series in the near future.