2014 running back Sony Michel says he’s ready to commit and the Georgia Bulldogs are one of the programs in heavy consideration for his talents. However, so are Notre Dame, Miami, Florida, and Florida State. That said, Michel has gone on the record stating he’d like to make his “final” decision in mid-April so that he can focus on a state championship; he has no desire to play out his recruitment at this point, and simply wants to commit and move on to his senior season.
So, does he already have a school in mind? April isn’t that far away and Michel reportedly hasn’t scheduled any additional visits for the coming spring or summer; all signs appear to him having a school in mind, with only the announcement of which one being a formality, but what school it will be is anybody’s guess, and if I were betting on it, I’d say most would feel Miami still has the best chance. Michel, however, says otherwise.
“To me, there is no pressure on me to pick Miami,” Michel said. ‘There are a lot of fans out there and people might think that there is pressure on me, but at the end of the day it will be me living at the school for four years and not them. My family is behind me 100 percent in whatever decision I make.”
With no other visit plans as of now, it appears that a decision may have already been made.
“I have a school in mind that I plan to commit to, and that is because of the school itself and the offense they run,” Michel said. “When I commit, I do not plan to make any additional visits and my decision will be final.” (Kipp Adams, Dawgnation)
Michel has a very good relationship with Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon, but is that enough to pull him out of the state of Florida and into the Bulldog fold? It could be, but a lot will depend on how much more Miami does to help foster Michel’s relationship with new Miami running backs coach Hurlie Brown.
The Hurricanes promoted Hurlie Brown to the position in February, and while Michel seems to genuinely like Brown, his relationship with the now departed Terry Richardson was a very good one, and Brown may have a tough time establishing something similar in such a short period of time, in my opinion.
Recruiting is as much about relationships as it is about the program itself these days, and the loss of Richardson could be what helps swing the pendulum towards UGA (and Bryan McClendon) if it comes down to a battle between the two schools in the end. Couple that with Miami’s recent flip of highly-touted running back Joseph Yearby and you have a situation that gets more interesting by the minute.
This, of course, is all conjecture, but it’s a situation that bears watching as spring gives way to summer and a lot of guys start getting commitment happy.