Is Michael committed?

After giving his verbal commitment to the Aggies last week, Sherman felt that he had another solid running back in the stable. But is he really committed? Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the No. 14 player on the M&W Report/AW Texas Top-100.

It's been an eventful start to the recruiting season for Beaumont Westbrook running back Christine Michael, No. 14 on the M&W/Aggie Websider 2009 Top 100. On his first junior day event earlier this month, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound prospect found the Texas A&M experience to his liking. So much so, that he committed to head coach Mike Sherman and the coaching staff while on-campus. At the urging of his coach, Michael decided to take his scheduled junior day visit three hours east to LSU. The Tigers also impressed the talented running back.

"LSU is a real good school. The academic system is excellent," Michael said. "But I was surprised by how big it was. The facilities are incredible."

While he was impressed by the facilities, the greatest impression from the weekend came from Coach Miles and the current players who discussed the football team's culture and what it's like playing at LSU.

"Me and Coach Miles kind of connected when we met," Michael said. "He's a cool guy and he said he would take care of me here. The players said the team is very close and that they go everywhere together – out to dinner or go to a movie. Whatever they do, they do it as a team."

With Michael clearly impressed with his trip to LSU, where does he stand with his original commitment to Texas A&M?

"I'm decommitted. My coach helped me with that. He knew this is all new to me and I got carried away after that first trip to Texas A&M," Michael said. "We talked to the A&M coaches and they knew my situation before I went over to LSU."

Michael was quick to say that a decommitment from Texas A&M doesn't mean the Aggies are out of the race for his signature by any stretch. The Aggies and Tigers appear to be at the top of his wish list at the moment.

"This isn't a reflection on A&M at all. It's a great school and I really like the coaches there. They are at the top of my list along with LSU," Michael said. "I just got ahead of myself a little bit. My coach helped me realize that I needed to step back and take my time a little bit and not rush things."

Michael has plans to visit several out-of-state schools like Florida, USC, Miami, and possibly UCLA during his spring break in March, but he admits that the thought of staying close to home is very attractive.

"Actually, I'm pretty much of a home body. I think I'll feel more comfortable closer to home," Michael said. "Both A&M and LSU are close and they are both good academic schools. This will be a very tough decision for me."

The Beaumont native still feels that making a final decision before his senior season is the right move, and even suggested that a final choice could come by the end of spring after visiting these other schools. In the meantime, Michael is working hard in the weight room getting bigger and faster, already putting on an extra 10 pounds of muscle since the end of his junior season.




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