Five-star running back Sony Michel is one of the most talented players in the college football recruiting class of 2014, and he's got offers from some major programs to prove it.
Rusy Mansell of 247Sports reports on the schools Michel is getting the most attention from:
Right now several schools are recruiting Michel hard, but he says that there are few he hears from the most.
“Miami, Georgia, Alabama, Florida State and Florida are all recruiting me hard,” he said.
Mansell also reports that Michel doesn't have a timetable, so it appears as if it's a wide-open race for the services of the talented running back.
While anything can happen between now and then, there is one thing that's for certain,and that's the fact that Michel has some powerhouses vying for his attention.
Which of these programs has the inside track for the 2014 back?
Mansell's article features quotes from Michel talking about his visit to the Georgia-Tennessee game, discussing how he liked the fan support. He also talked about his communication with running backs coach Bryan McClendon. Michel seems very high on Georgia after his visit, but he also did visit Florida State and had some good things to say about them as well.
It would seem as if both of those programs have the inside track for Michel, but which school would I consider the favorite?
This next quote is very telling. Here's what Michel had to say about Georgia's current star running backs, via Mansell's report:
“Those guys are great backs," Michel said. "I feel like they are people you would want to compete against to make yourself better.”
If it came down to it, I believe the play of Marshall and Gurley as freshman running backs gives Georgia the edge over the rest of the powerhouse schools on his list.
Gurley already has 536 yards and nine touchdowns on the season, while Marshall is right behind with 428 yards and five scores.
The fact that Georgia is getting such good numbers from two freshman running backs points to the fact that one, the Bulldogs know how to recruit talented backs and aren't afraid to utilize them early, and two, the depth chart won't necessarily hinder a talented back's chances of seeing the field regularly.
As a 2014 prospect, Michel still has plenty of time before he needs to start thinking about seeing the field at the college level, but if McClendon can get this kind of production out of two freshman right now, what's to say Michel couldn't do the same if he decides to commit to Georgia as well?
Being able to showcase what a coach or program can do at a certain position is a huge recruiting point, and right now Georgia is proving that it is a great option for talented running backs.
That fact alone gives the Bulldogs the edge in this recruiting race.