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The Georgia Bulldogs flexed their out-of-state muscle and reached into South Florida for a potential impact back in Sony Michel. The No. 2 back in the ESPN 150, Michel is one of the more productive players in this entire offensive class and he should continue moving the sticks for big gainers in Athens.
Last year, freshmen RBs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall gave Georgia a prolific rushing attack, and Michel has enough talent to come in and contribute early and eventually replace some of the high production of “Gurshall” upon their departure early to the NFL or graduation.
The Bulldogs run a balanced, multifaceted offense with plenty of 21 personnel sets (two backs, one TE) that will get the powerful Michel running downhill so he can utilize his great blend of size, strength and top-end speed. The offense is a good fit for Michel, a well-rounded back who has a decisive running style. He already has college-ready body structure and should be able to come in and run between the tackles and gain the tough inside yards. He runs low with very good balance and has that explosive pop on contact that will allow him to absorb the heavy blows of bigger SEC linebackers and continue his forward momentum. Michel can make quicker defenders miss in the hole and out in space with his great vision and elusive jump-cut skill, and he has speed to get outside and go the distance.
Georgia's second ESPN 150 commitment for the Class of 2014 should help this offense stay balanced with his ability move the ball inside and out on the ground and also through the air as he's a very polished pass-catcher. While he will be college-ready to tote the rock in the fall of 2014, Michel will not have the pressure to carry the load early in college, as he has at the prep level since the eight grade. Georgia should have a stable of talented backs for Michel to learn from and keep some much needed tread on his tires, which is about the only red flag on this productive workhorse.