Sony Michel's staying grounded

Some in the state of Florida think Sony Michel is the best running back now and he is only a sophomore. He has early offers, he's drawn a lot of attention, but he is staying grounded.

"It is nice to have schools offering me already and it feels great to be known as one of the best already, but I am just staying humble, staying grounded, and working hard," said Sony Michel.

Michel played for the Varsity program in eighth grade at American Heritage where he ran for over 1,500 yards.

After his ninth grade season, he has run for over 3,500 yards total. That success has not slowed him down.

"I want Emmitt Smith's record of 8,100 yards (that might be broken by Derrick Henry in 2012), so I am just working, doing what I am supposed to do, and trying to get better. I do not worry about doing this or doing that, but I just want to be productive, be the best I can be, and keep improving. The one thing I think about is that record, so I am shooting for that."

The 5-foot-11, 195 pound running back in the class of 2014 has already picked up offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, and Notre Dame. He spent time at each of the three in-state programs over the summer and he enjoyed his time on each campus.

"I did one of the camps at UM and I think they have a great staff. They are the school in my backyard and they made me feel very comfortable there. Miami has a lot of history and I like that.

"I have been keeping up with Florida State for a while and I like Eddie Gran a lot. He has been producing some good running backs and I notice that. I did their camp and I like what he was teaching me. They have strong tradition there and I love their campus.

"I visited Florida for the first time this summer and I liked it there. Gainesville itself is a nice place and I liked the coaches there too. Charlie Weiss was one I talked to for a while and he is a smart guy. It was a good first visit there for me."

Five offers are known about already by this talented runner, but he would like to add more. There are some schools out there he'd like to gain offers from that are not showing much attention at this time.

"Georgia, Oregon, Auburn, LSU, and West Virginia are some schools I like that I am not really hearing from," he said. "I like those schools because of their running back production over the years. I am really looking into who produces great running backs because I want to play in that type of system."

At a young age, he knows what type of system he wants to play in.

"I feel I am the type of running back that will be best in a pro-style offense," he said. "I think that is what best fits me. Running backs like Fred Taylor, Emmitt Smith, and Adrian Peterson are guys I watch and they all have done well in that type of offense. I try to run like them, learn from them, and I want to play in the same type of offense that they did well in."

Right now, Michel is starring at American Heritage and he will be there for the next three seasons. He knows he has a target on his chest and that other teams are trying to slow him down, but he is not worried about that.

"I am not into reading about myself, comparing myself to other recruits, and all that. I don't even look at things like that. I have had two good seasons and I am just trying to have another one this year. People bring up to me what others are saying about me and I am not worried about that. I am just happy to be where I am and I am going to keep enjoying playing football."

Michel said he is currently wide open in recruiting.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager. After less than three years, Simmons was moved to National Recruiting Analyst in July 2011.
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