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April 26, 2013

Michel to decide

The nations second rated running back according to Rivals.com, Sony Michel (American Heritage; Plantation, Fla.) is set to announce today at 4:30 p.m. on ESPU.

Michel is down to five schools, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, and Notre Dame, and many believe that this race has boiled down to the Bulldogs and the Hurricanes.

Below, UGASports takes a look at what could happen if Michel decides to give his commitment to UGA or if he opts to take his talents elsewhere.

If Michel does not choose UGA

First and foremost, it would sting for the Georgia coaching staff. Bryan McClendon and the entire UGA offensive staff has put a lot of time and energy into recruiting Michel over the last year and a half.

There has been a great deal of time spent on facebook and on the phone with Michel as well as a few visits down to Plantation for face time with the five-star prospect.

Should Michel decide to go somewhere other that Georgia, the coaching staff will likely do two things.

First of all, it is doubtful that they would give up on Michel. There is a long way until the Sunshine State phenom will make a decision, and all signs point to Georgia being, at worst, in his top two. The Bulldogs will definitely keep recruiting Michel no matter where he decides to commit.

Georgia also has other talented running backs on its board. Nick Chubb (Cedartown) and Adam Choice (Thomas County Central) are both Rivals100 prospects that are high on the Bulldogs. Darrel Williams (John Ehret; Marrero, La.) is another prospect that holds Georgia in high regard. Georgia certainly has options.

If Michel does choose UGA

Should Michel give his pledge to Georgia on Friday, it means a number of different things.

The Georgia coaching staff certainly knows that Michel's recruitment won't be over. Those close to the Rivals100 prospect have said that he will shut things down after he commits, but other schools won't stop coming after him. Georgia will have to stay on Michel until the ink dries.

A commitment from Michel could also give Georgia big time recruiting momentum. Michel has been a well-known recruit since the eight grades, and prospects would likely to take notice of an elite talent leaving South Florida to play at Georgia. Michel also knows a number of Georgia targets from their involvement in Football University youth leagues growing up.
Most importantly for Georgia, Michel would give the Bulldogs an elite offensive weapon. He has all the tools you look for in a great running back. He can grind out tough yardage, hit the big play, catch passes out of the backfield, and create mismatches all over the field. He also holds a 3.7 grade point average in the classroom

Prediction

All of the schools that are in Michel's top five have recruited him hard, but we believe that Georgia and Miami are battling at the top here. Leaving Miami won't be easy for Michel as there are many there that would l like to see him stay home. Luckily for Georgia, there are also those that think moving away to play his college ball would be a wise move. Michel told UGASports at the Army All-American Bowl in January that he had formed a strong relationship with Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon, and liked Georgia because of the presence of two great running backs that he could learn from. Things haven't changed for Georgia in that regard, and probably won't between now and the time Michel makes his decision known.
Prediction: Georgia






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