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Monday, March 18, 2013
Sony Michel set to decide

By Kipp Adams

MIAMI, Fla. --  Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) has spent the spring working on his hands and trying to become a student of the game as he prepares for the next level. Now at 205 pounds, Michel hopes to add to his 4,819 career rushing yards and 57 touchdowns this fall, but the ESPN Watch List running back also admitted he could be ready to make a decision well before his senior season.

“I am not into entertaining every school and I feel like I want to be focused on my senior season and winning the first state championship for my school,” Michel said. “I am very confident I will be ready to make my decision in mid-April.”

Michel recently named a top five of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fla) and Notre Dame, in alphabetical order. He will choose one of those five programs next month, and he touched once again on how each school made the cut.

Florida: "Watching them transform from a spread to a pro-style I-formation offense was something that I liked. They have had great success with their running backs as well."

Florida State: "Their system is great and they get their running backs the ball in many different ways. Right now I am trying to build a relationship with the new running backs coach from Tennessee, Jay Graham."

Georgia: "Their running backs coach, Bryan McClendon, is a great guy that really relates well to the players. I feel like the success of their running backs in that offense is something that would be great for me."

Miami:  "Miami is a team that I always see myself playing for. I am a fan of Miami, and no matter what school I go to I am still going to be a fan of Miami. I like the offense they run and the backs they produce as well."

Notre Dame: "Me and running backs coach Tony Alford have a great relationship and when I visited it was something different for me.  I felt good on campus and Coach Alford made me feel comfortable."

Living less than an hour from the University of Miami campus, there has been speculation that the local community is nudging Michel and his family members in an effort to keep the coveted tailback home and playing for the Hurricanes. Michel says that is not the case.

“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.”