Miami Football: Where Hurricanes Turn after Missing on 5-Star RB Sony Michel

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

Sony Michel via 247sports
Sony Michel via 247sports

Sony Michel is a 5-star running back in the class of 2014 and has been highly-pursued by the Miami Hurricanes since he was in eighth grade.

A local product from Plantation American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, Michel listed a final five of Georgia, Notre Dame, Miami, Florida and Florida State.

However, Al Golden's efforts weren't enough to persuade Michel to play for the hometown Hurricanes—though it certainly wasn't due to a lack of trying.

Michel announced his intentions to attend the University of Georgia on Friday, according to The Macon Telegraph reporter Seth Emerson.

Much of the buzz surrounding 247sports' second-best running back in the 2014 class indicated his decision would come down to Georgia and Miami.

I spoke to #ESPN150 RB Sony Michel tonight. He will announce his decision Friday on @espnu at 4:30 p.m. ET. #UGA #Miami

— Kipp Adams (@KippLAdams) April 26, 2013

Manny Navarro, of The Miami Herald, noted Michel said his parents would be happy with his decision. Michel had previously said it was important that he went to a school where his parents could watch him play.

Though the verbal signs seemed to play in Miami's favor, Michel spurned the Hurricanes in favor of the Bulldogs. He will join Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley in an absolutely loaded Georgia backfield.

Of course, Michel could not have gone wrong with his decision as either choice allowed him to join a talented running back corps.

The Hurricanes will certainly survive this setback as Joseph Yearby, another local 5-star running back from Miami Central HS, gave his pledge to Miami over a month ago. Assuming his commitment sticks, Yearby will join the sensational Duke Johnson in 2014.

Duke Johnson and Yearby will form a lethal tandem in the 'Canes backfield for at least one season, but Golden isn't done recruiting running backs for the 2014 class.

Yearby's teammate and fellow 5-star running back, Dalvin Cook, is committed to Florida, but he is keeping the 'Canes in the picture, according to Rivals.com.

With teammates Yearby and fellow 'Canes commit Trevor Darling constantly in his ear, it is not inconceivable to think Cook might flip to Miami by the time national signing day 2014 arrives.

ESPN's Kipp Adams also reported the 'Canes offered Georgia 4-star running back Nick Chubb in the wake of Michel's decision.

With #UGA threatening to steal Sony Michel from #Miami's backyard, the #Canes offered Cedartown RB Nick Chubb today. es.pn/W0ofwK

— Kipp Adams (@KippLAdams) April 24, 2013

Daniel Tummeley, of CaneInsider, reported Fort Lauderdale-area running back LaJuan Hunt would have Miami at the top of his list should the 'Canes offer.

Rivals.com also reported Michel's coach and former 'Cane Mike Rumph said Miami OC James Coley and RB coach Hurlie Brown will not stop recruiting Michel no matter his decision.

Michel's commitment to Georgia surely stings, but Al Golden has plenty of backup plans as he recruits for the future.

But does he ever not have a plan?


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