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Canes await Michel's announcement Friday; talented RB said he made up his mind, parents will be happy

The last time Hurricanes fans held their breath when one of the country's premier high school running backs to make his college choice on television it was only the beginning of a long, strange winding road to disappointment. 

When highly-touted Plantation American Heritage running back Sony Michel makes his decision around 4:45 p.m. on ESPN Friday we could end up down a similar path -- only this time don't expect his mother to run off with his National Letter of Intent.

Michel (5-11, 205) told me face-to-face Wednesday he expects for his parents to be happy with the school he announces for and for his pursuit by college football programs to come to a peaceful, non-dramatic end. Michel, choosing between the Hurricanes, Georgia, Florida State, Notre Dame and Florida, said he's already made up his mind. Friday is just about letting the rest of the world know.

"I went on a visit last weekend and it had me thinking. But last night and the night before I slept on it and had my decision made. [Friday is] going to be a happy day for me and my parents because I can finally make a decision and just celebrate," said Michel, who run circles around upperclassmen since he was an eighth-grade phenom to the tune of 4,819 yards and 58 touchdowns in his career.

"At the end of the day I don't care what anybody else thinks. It's about me and football and where I'm going to be happy."

Even though he won't be signing a National Letter of Intent until National Signing Day in February, Michel said he plans on shutting down his recruitment after Friday's announcement.

While that may not stop schools from recruiting him, he said the whole point of Friday's announcement is to avoid distractions and allow him to keep his focus on the football field this coming season. Heritage has had one of the best programs in Broward County each of the past two seasons, but has knocked out of the state playoffs in the first round. Michel is intent on not letting that happen again.

"I chose to get this out of the way early just so I can focus on the football season," Michel said. "That's the only way I can focus on winning that state championship ring. I don't really care about the whole stats situation. If I only get 200 yards this year I'll be satisfied as long as I got a ring. If I run for 2,000 yards and I don't get a ring I'll feel like I failed as a senior.

"Opening things back up and dragging it out to Signing Day is just not something that's been on my mind. I feel like once I commit I will be a solid commit and stop the recruiting process."

Although UM coaches have been on campus plenty this spring -- speaking to Michel's coach, former Hurricane Mike Rumph -- Georgia is considered the favorite to land Michel according to most experts.

Asked what he likes about the Bulldogs and other finalists Wednesday, Michel said: "What they did there was give both of their freshmen the opportunity to showcase their talents. That's what a player likes to see. They have a great coaching staff."

"Miami has always had a good program, great running back history. They've got a great back there now. Miami has always just been Miami. What they do with the running backs is they showcase the running back a lot.

"Florida changed their offense to pro style and just had a running back go to the NFL. They have a top running back coming in. Florida State also."

While Michel expects Friday's decision to be final, Rumph doesn't.

"To be honest, I just wish he would wait," Rumph said. "Because recruiting never ends until Signing Day. Whoever he picks you know the other guys aren't going to stop coming after him."


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Miami adds juco DT Dalvon Stuckey, a 2012 FSU signee
When 300-pound defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey was coming out of Defuniak Springs Walton High School in 2012, he boasted some speed unlike most players his size.

He claimed 4.9-second timing in the 40-yard dash and his athleticism was evident on his highlight reel. That athleticism, however, never made it to Tallahassee and Stuckey had to go the juco route via Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.

Stuckey is back in the news. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Florida Panhandle product committed to the University of Miami, according to a report Wednesday night from 247Sports.

He told 247Sports, "I had been committed to Florida State since like my sophomore season but Miami never offered me. Coach [defensive line coach Jethro] Franklin came here today and I liked what he said. Florida State hasn’t paid me that much attention and I thought maybe they moved on in the process. I wanted to stay in Florida so I made my decision today.”

He's off to UGA! Elite Recruiting strikes again $$$$.

It was expected that he would go to Georgia but I was hoping that he would stay in South Florida form a nasty three headed rushing attack with Duke and Yearby. I wish the young man nothing but the best in his collegiate career, even if its not at The U

the gatrs and there hypothetical 10 draft picks this year? 10 NFLers? and still get their punka55es whipped by Louisville? What a bunch of chumps

Gator players CHUMPS
Gator fans CHUMPs
MusCHUMP is a chump. Thats all you can do with 10 draft picks? Lose to Louisville?

You all are chumps

Calvin, Cool cat, Cane72, Gallo- Racist n--ga chumps. Thats right I said it. You all are racist ni--ga chumps

Canes fans, it really doesn't matter where this guy or that guy goes, especially in April. What really matters is the results on the field that we're accustomed to. Winning cures everything and I think a great season this year with a great head coach in place will pay immediate dividends come next NSD. Go Canes.

"at least ten gators will be picked in the NFL draft"

Name them, fool. Go ahead.

Matt Elam.

Ten? Your fos. That gainesville math needs some double checkin'

Posted by: The NCAA is dirty | April 25, 2013 at 01:32 PM


Shariff Floyd, Matt Elam, Jon Bostic and Jorden Reed so far in just 3 Rounds... Many, many more to come tomorrow []_[] know Nada Fool ! Stay tuned.

32 SEC Players in the First 3 Rounds !!! That an ENTIRE ROUND and nearly TRIPLE the Amount the All Cupcake Conference !

Now who's fos ?

Canes await Sony Michel's announcement Friday...

NO THANK []_[] !!!

Anyone know which MacDonalds is hosting the Canes draft party? I would like to go and cheer on Mike James and Brandon McGee. Is it true they are giving away free football tickets with a happy meal? That would be great. Go Canes!

Posted by: delUsionalcane | April 26, 2013 at 11:06 AM


University of Miami NFL Draft Party at McDonalds across the Skreet from the BuC !!!

Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 27 at 12 p.m. ET !!!

The 7th. Round should begin at 6pm, so We'll see []_[] there around 6:30pm to see our, one and ONLY boy, Teets "Toast" McGee, the Wrong Way D.B., come off the Board !!! Everyone gets a FREE McNugget and slice of B[]_[]rnt Toast in Mc's honor !!!

See []_[] There !!!

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