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Sony Michel has been a nationally-known figure since bursting onto the scene as a varsity starter at America Heritage as an eighth-grade tailback. He put up huge numbers in south Florida both as an eighth-grader and as a freshman, before missing his sophomore season with a knee injury.

American Heritage tailback Sony Michel burst onto the scene a few years ago as a varsity starter as an eighth grade tailback, and he rushed for over 1,000 yards.

Michel, 6-foot, 205-pounds, followed that up by rushing for over 1,700 yards and scoring 22 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2010. He missed last season with a knee injury, and updated his status last weekend at the South Florida Express 7on7 tryout.

"I tore my ACL in the kickoff classic last year, and missed the entire season," Michel explained. "It was a punt return, and when I planted my knee just hyper-extended. Right now, I'm almost 100% and I get released in March. I will be ready for spring football, but I'm not going to take any hits at all."

"I will continue to go hard at rehab and conditioning, and then come back hard in the fall," he added. "I have complete confidence in my doctors, and I'm ready to get back out there and compete. I don't think it hurt me missing that year at all, and it might have helped me become a smarter player. I'm more of a student of the game now, and I learned a lot watching film and seeing things from the sideline."

As an amazing physical talent, and a player that aces the look test, Michel is going to be one of the highest-rated prospects in the 2014 class nationally.

"My strength is my ability to do everything, including reading defenses, pass blocking, catching the football, and running with it," he stated. "I want to work on every part of being a runningback, so I can get a lot better. My vision can improve, and I can be better at not hesitating, but hitting holes quicker."

Even though he has been a high-level recruit for a few years, Michel admitted it is only now that he is finally starting to look at college programs in a more serious fashion.

"I am looking at schools closer, but I don't like to say too much about it," Michel said. "I have no favorites, and I like a lot of schools. I'm keeping my options open, and I'm waiting for more offers from schools outside of Florida. I'd like to have offers from schools like LSU, Oregon, Ohio State, Michigan, USC, Georgia, and those types of schools."

"I will probably take all my visits as a senior and see what school stands out the most," he continued. "I like all three of the in-state schools a lot, and Miami is the school I know the best of all. I will probably take some unofficial visits this season."

Michel currently holds five offers, from Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami and Florida State. That offer list is sure to rise over the next year.

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