Sony Michel is considered a Top 50 player by almost every recruiting service in the nation. He is a former teammate of current Notre Dame signee Michael Deeb. Michel recently visited Notre Dame and he has camped there in the past. Reports have Sony Michel landing at either Georgia or Notre Dame, which school will he select?
According to 247sports.com, there is no doubt who he will select. Their “Player Institution Predictions” have Michel selecting the Bulldogs. Every single expert. This does not bode well for the Fighting Irish.
Why would he select Notre Dame then? Georgia has a loaded backfield and Notre Dame does not at the moment. Even though Notre Dame has talent that could end up being premiere in the future (Atkinson, Bryant and Folston), none of them have proven themselves to this point. It could be Michel carrying the rock for the Fighting Irish in 2014 if these players do not step up.
But, Georgia is closer to home and has demonstrated that they can use two star Running Backs effectively. Also, they have a willingness to play young backs. This is what Michel is probably seeing in Georgia.
Michel is a fantastic talent. He rushed for 1258 yards on 127 carries with 18 touchdowns. That is an average of 9.90 yards per carry. 247Sports has Michel ranked 46th overall. Michel is ranked 5th overall by Rivals. The recently released ESPN rankings has him 16th in the country.
Missing on Michel would be disappointing by not devastating. Notre Dame still has great interest from Elijah Hood and Nathan Starks. These players are ranked #49 and #142 in the nation by ESPN.
Sony Michel is scheduled to make his announcement on April 26th.