ATLANTA (WSB-TV) -- Sony Michel, the 5-star running back, may have caused some heart trouble among UGA fans when he put on a Bulldogs baseball cap for a few seconds on national TV and then took it off.
Fortunately for UGA, Michel grabbed another hat from under the table—and it had the Bulldogs logo on it, too.
Michel, who is from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is the second ESPN150 prospect to commit to UGA this week. He picked the Bulldogs over Miami, while also considering Florida, Florida State and Notre Dame.
When asked by the ESPNU anchor about his college choice, Michel said, “I will be going to college, umm …” and then put on the first UGA cap.
Then after a pause, Michel continued, “At the … hold on” and took off the bright red cap.
After switching to a black hat with the G on it, Michel finished his sentence by saying, “… University of Georgia.”
Why UGA? “Georgia was a wonderful place the first time I stepped on campus. I loved it. Georgia is something different. And I also wanted to experience something different.”
Michel said he was also influenced by the presence of UGA’s current running back duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
“Those two running backs actually gave me the itch of wanting to go to Georgia,” Michel said. “Having two great running backs there is awesome. I can go in and compete. I always want to compete. I don’t want anything given to me.”
UGA is off to a fast and furious start with its 2014 recruiting class, especially with out-of-state targets. Tight end Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte, N.C., pledged to UGA on Monday.
Back to Michel: The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder is the nation’s No. 2-ranked running back, according to the 247sports.com composite rankings (which combines ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247sports).
UGA now has five commitments for 2014.
Here’s what recruiting analysts had to say:
247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell: “I was looking at his film. If I could compare him to somebody on the field playing, he almost reminds me of a mix of Isaiah Crowell and Keith Marshall. He’s strong, and he’s fast. When you watch his tape, the thing that stands out is how many tackles he breaks. In the SEC, it’s about moving the chains and being able break it when you’re in the open field. Sony certainly brings that to the table … At UGA, if you look at what has happened in the last 2-3 years, you’re starting to see people need multiple backs to be successful. Sony would be a big piece of the puzzle at Georgia moving forward.”
ESPN’s Kipp Adams: “In Sony Michel, the No. 2 prospect in Florida and No. 2 running back in the country according to ESPN, Georgia is getting the complete package. He has the size, speed, strength, receiving and blocking ability to be a workhorse back in the SEC, and has produced at a high level since gaining over 1,800 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns on varsity – as an eighth grader. Michel gives Mark Richt another elite out-of-state talent from another prominent program's backyard, a stark reminder that borders are no longer important in recruiting.”
UGASports.com’s Jake Rowe: “He has a little bit of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley in him. He’s not as quite as fast as Marshall, but he’s very fast and explosive. He’s not the power guy that Gurley is, but he has cutting ability and the ability to bounce outside. He has gotten bigger and stronger over the last two years, and put on about 20 pounds. He has worked really hard to come back from an ACL injury. It’s hard to think that an eighth-grader that was so developed and great at the time has his best football ahead of him, but that’s what I’m seeing. I could see him at 5-11 and 225 pounds in a couple of years with a chance to be an elite running back in college.”