There are five lucky programs that will find themselves in the running: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Notre Dame.
Michel is the No. 2-ranked running back in the 2014 class, so he's going to be an elite pickup for one of those five schools. He's 5'11'', 205 pounds and runs a 40 in 4.50.
Kipp Adams of ESPN.com reports on Michel's time frame, and his top five colleges:
“I am not into entertaining every school and I feel like I want to be focused on my senior season and winning the first state championship for my school,” Michel said. “I am very confident I will be ready to make my decision in mid-April.”
Michel recently named a top five of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fla) and Notre Dame, in alphabetical order. He will choose one of those five programs next month, and he touched once again on how each school made the cut.
Michel went on to explain why he liked each school. For Georgia, Florida and Florida State he cited scheme and running back success. For Notre Dame he talked about his relationship with running backs coach Tony Alford.
He also had this to say about Miami, per Adams, which is pretty interesting:
"Miami is a team that I always see myself playing for. I am a fan of Miami, and no matter what school I go to I am still going to be a fan of Miami. I like the offense they run and the backs they produce as well."
Now that we know his choices, here's my breakdown of Michel's top five, in order of schools with the best chance to land him to the unlikeliest:
Miami seems to have somewhat of an edge due to Michel's affinity to the program. His statement about still being a fan of Miami even if he goes to another school is a huge testament to the draw he feels with the Hurricanes.
Al Golden's Hurricanes may not be on top of the college football world anymore, but Golden is a solid recruiter. The future of the program will be bright—especially if Miami can land Michel.
Michel is talented enough to come in on day one and be a big-time No. 2 behind Duke Johnson. He could eventually be the main rusher once Johnson moves on.
Georgia is an excellent option for a 5-star running back.
We've seen how good-to-great running backs can become elite in the Bulldogs' system. Plus, Mark Richt isn't afraid to use multiple young backs in the backfield (Todd Gurley/Keith Marshall).
Once Marshall and Gurley move on, Michel would have the chance to compete with 2013 running back signee A.J. Turman for the featured role in the backfield. Georgia also has a commitment from 2014 all-purpose back Stanley Williams, but Michel is by far the superior back out of that group.
The Bulldogs were just a play or two away from a national championship last season. They should remain competitive on that level for the next few seasons as well, if not longer.
Florida is going to be a national championship contender in 2013 and beyond.
Will Muschamp is an excellent recruiter, and he's building Florida back up to Urban Meyer-level in both recruiting and on the field.
Specifically, Florida's defense in the next few seasons should be elite.
However, the Gators did go out and sign 5-star 2013 running back Kelvin Taylor and 3-star Adam Lane last cycle, so that could be a detriment to their chances of landing Michel. Taylor will be a star for Florida, and he'll be able to take a lot of carries. Matt Jones will also get plenty of carries in the next few seasons.
Michel could still be a valuable backup for a national championship contending team. His talent will also afford him plenty of important looks behind Taylor and Jones.
He could even compete for the No. 2 role.
If Michel wants to play a supporting role as a running back on a great team, Florida would be a perfect option.
The Seminoles are another in-state program that could be a very interesting option for Michel.
Jimbo Fisher has Florida State poised to compete in ACC and nationally, so the future of the program is very bright.
Much like Florida, the Seminoles defense of the future looks very good.
Here's the kicker: Florida State looks pretty set at running back for now with James Wilder, Devonta Freeman and Mario Pender all projecting to get looks.
The Seminoles also went out in 2013 and signed 4-star all-purpose back Ryan Green. Much like at Florida, Michel could be an important depth player in FSU's backfield right away, but he may not get featured looks unless he took a redshirt season and gained an extra year of eligibility.
The Seminoles do have national championship aspirations, but they have a lot to prove coming out of the ACC.
George Atkinson, Cam McDaniel, Amir Carlisle and William Mahone will all compete for carries for Notre Dame in 2013 and beyond.
Notre Dame also signed 2013 4-star running back Greg Bryant last recruiting cycle. He appears to be the future of the position for the Fighting Irish.
They also landed 4-star running back Tarean Folston, who should eventually challenge for time as the No. 2.
The Fighting Irish appear rather set at running back. However, they would offer Michel the chance to play for a prestigious program, get a great education and compete for national championships right away.
Brian Kelly is also good at utilizing multiple backs, so Michel could be part of an elite platoon if he were to choose to go to Notre Dame.
It's a intriguing option to say the least.