Michel to make early decision

Many of the elite prospects in the 2013 class waited until late January or until Signing Day to announce their decisions, but one of the best in 2014 won't do that. Sony Michel will make an early decision and he may not be far away right now.

Sony Michel enrolled at American Heritage in Plantation, Fla. when he got to the seventh grade. A year later he rushed for 1,800 yards on the varsity level as an eighth grader.

It has taken off from there.

"When I first started at American Heritage, I decided that I wanted to work hard and to go as far as I could in football," Michel told Scout.

"I knew great things came to those who worked for them and I wanted to be in that group. I thought about how I could get to the top, what I had to do to get there, and I feel I have worked very hard to get where I am now."

Michel has gotten to the top. He has been considered one of the top running backs in the country for years and it is now his time.

The 5-foot-11, 205 pound junior is one year away from starting another chapter in his life.

"I am excited about college and it is nice to have the 40 scholarship offers, but there is still a lot for me to do at American Heritage.

"I want to go out a winner and I want to help this school win their first state tile. That is what I am working for right now. I want to bring a state championship to this school."

The five-star is focused on going out on top and that is why he wants to put an end to the recruiting process early.

He does not plan to wait to make his decision.

"I know I will commit before my senior year," he said. "It may be this spring or it may be in the summer, but I know I will get it out of the way so I do not have any distractions during the season. I want to focus on the team and the season, so I will put recruiting behind me in the next few months."

Michel has been targeted from schools across the country and he said five schools are coming at him very hard at this time.

"Miami, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, and Notre Dame have really been recruiting me hard for a while. The schools close to home kind of have an advantage because they can get down to see me easier and all that, but those five have really been recruiting me hard for a while."

Those five schools are still being considered by Michel, but he has not really cut any schools out yet.

"I really haven't narrowed my list down or anything yet. I still want to visit some schools and see how I fit in with the players and coaches, so I haven't eliminated anyone yet."

The visits could be key for this elite junior.

"I just want to see how things are away from football," Michel explained. "I have watched a lot of football games, I have been on campuses for games, but I want to see what a campus is like away from football.

"I am looking for a place that I feel comfortable and it is not all about football. It is about the people there, the environment, and things like that. I just need to find the right fit for me and the place I want to live at for four years."

He does not have any unofficial visits scheduled yet for 2013, but he knows he will hit the road in the coming months.

A school he can get to easily because of location is the University of Miami and he feels the pressure to be a Hurricane. Will that play into his decision?

"I do not feel the pressure personally, but it is there because I have so many UM fans around me. I have to find the best school for me. If that is Miami, then many will be happy, but I cannot let that affect what school I choose.

"I have to look at each school the same way no matter where they are and find the one that I feel best fits me. There are plenty of people that want to see me go to a specific school, but I am the only one that will decided which school is right for me."

Michel ran for over 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2012 after tearing his ACL in 2011. He has already been named a U.S. Army All-American and he will be playing for the South Florida Express this spring/summer at 7on7 events.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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