Michel's on his way back

After carrying scoring on a 66 yard touchdown, Sony Michel went down with a torn ACL in the kick-off classic last year. This elite sophomore is on his way back and he talks about it here.

"I am about 85-percent back now and I am feeling good about where I am," said Sony Michel. "It was a clean tear in my left ACL, so rehab has been going great. I am running track right now and during the spring, I will be working on cutting and my quickness. I am feeling good about things."

The biggest hurdle may be mentally for Michel. It takes time for many athletes to have full trust in that knee once they get back out on the field, but Michel does not see that being an issue for him.

"I am trusting my knee already and I am not worried about it. My confidence is back. I have had a lot of people encouraging me, so it has never been a big thing for me. I thought it would be in the back of mind when I got out there, but it hasn't. I think all of the people telling me not to worry about has really helped me with this."

Right now, the 2014 running back out of Plantation (FL) American Heritage is just focused on returning to form and getting back on the field to help his team.

"I think it will be around fall camp when I get fully back. I will be back in pads then and that is what I am dreaming about right now.

"I watched the team play and cheered them on last year, so I am excited about getting back out there with them this year. I will work on quickness and stuff this spring, then be ready when August comes."

Some may have gotten lazy, added weight because they were not out there running and training as much, but not Michel. This elite 2014 running back has stayed in great shape.

"I am right at 200 pounds now after doing a lot of upper-body lifting during rehab," said Michel. "I was around 190-195 pounds before the injury, so I feel good. I am stronger now and I have been working hard."

That work ethic is just one of many things schools like about Michel. Before the injury, he already had offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, and South Florida among others.

The in-state schools have been in the most contact with Michel since the injury.

"I have heard from Miami, Florida State, and Florida the most since I got injured. I have been hearing from a lot of schools, getting letters from most schools, but those have been in contact with me the most."

There is one coach in particular Michel is looking to get to know the most.

"I am trying to develop a strong relationship with the running backs coach at different schools because that is who I will be around the most. That is very important to me because I want to be able to communicate with him well. He is the coach I want to talk to, get to know, and see how well we relate to each other."

Michel has been a prospect people have talked about since 2009 when he ran for over 1,500 yards as an eighth grade on the varsity level.

He is getting ready for a big return in 2012, but for those that expect an early commitment from him, they will be disappointed.

"My plan is to commit after my senior year. You never know what is going to happen, but I will probably wait it out all the way to Signing Day just to make sure. "I will be looking for a school with a good business program, a school with a good offense, and just a good overall program."

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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