"I could attend some camps, but I think I'm done camping," Michel stated. "I have two offers from NC State and Minnesota and those are two great options for me. Both of them are great programs and I can tell they want me really bad."
Checking in at 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, Michel is a three-year starter for Carmel. As a left tackle, he helped lead the Greyhounds to the Indiana state championship and a 13-2 mark in 2007, and he feels certain traits that he has led to NC State and Minnesota extending scholarship offers.
"Both of them are saying they like my size and athleticism. They say I'm a pretty athletic kid and at 6'7 I can move well. The coaches at NC State told me that I'm coachable, they like my character, and they like how hard I work."
Michel visited Minnesota in early June and came away impressed with the Golden Gophers. Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster is regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country, and Michel is a priority for his staff.
"I had a good visit to Minnesota," said Michel. "I like the facilities, and they are building a new stadium that is going to be pretty cool. Plus, they have a good coaching staff, and they are high-character guys."
Over the past few days Michel and his mother have been in Raleigh, North Carolina visiting NC State. His visit started on Wednesday by meeting with offensive line coach Don Horton who took Michel on a tour of the campus. Michel also had a chance to check out the facilities and talk with a few current Wolfpack players.
|"They say I'm a pretty athletic kid and at 6'7 I can move well."|
"The visit was great," he stated. "We were there for probably about four or five hours, and they gave us a good tour of the campus. We met up with coach Horton and spent some time with him before eating lunch there.
"At NC State, the facilities are incredible. They are the best I've seen. The weight room is huge, and I really like their stadium. My mom said she liked the visit a lot. She seems to like coach Horton and the coaching staff. We also got to meet some of the players on the team, and they were real nice. The thing I liked was they all spoke highly of coach O'Brien and his staff."
His visit ends Thursday night with an office meeting with head coach Tom O'Brien before Michel flies back to Indiana.
"This should be my last visit," he said. "I'm meeting with coach O'Brien before we fly back to Indiana. We want to really talk with him before leaving."
With two very good trips, Michel maintains that he doesn't have a leader. A late-June camp at North Carolina was scheduled, but that appears to have been canceled.
"I'm probably even right now," said Michel. "After I get home, I'll sit down and look at all the pros and cons of each program and think about what I want to do in college. I'll decide after doing that.
"I actually visited North Carolina before going over to NC State. We took a tour of the campus and talked with the coach. They wanted me to go to one of their individual camps, but I don't think I'm going to come back down for that anymore."
As he closes in on a decision, what will be the deciding factor for Michel?
"The deciding factor will probably be the people around me. That is who I'm going to spend the next few years with. At NC State, that entire coaching staff has been together forever, and they have a lot of character. They recruit high-character guys that I know I'd be able to get along with. I feel Minnesota's staff is going to be the same way.
"The distance from Carmel to both schools is about the same, so that won't be a factor for me. I don't think I'm going to do anymore camps or visits this summer. I'll probably just take an official to the school I end up committing to. Hopefully I can make a decision in the next couple of weeks. When it comes to me I'll commit."