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American Heritage star RB Sony Michel chooses Georgia over Miami Hurricanes

 
 
American Heritage running back Sony Michel announced Friday, April 26, 2013 that the will attend the University of Georgia. UM was one of the schools trying to land the coveted recruit.
American Heritage running back Sony Michel announced Friday, April 26, 2013 that the will attend the University of Georgia. UM was one of the schools trying to land the coveted recruit.
CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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Sony Michel said he wanted “something different.”

The Plantation American Heritage star decided Friday the best place to find it was at the University of Georgia.

Michel, ranked the No. 2 running back in the nation by ESPN, committed to the Bulldogs during a televised announcement on ESPNU broadcast from a studio in Davie.

Michel had recently said he was considering the University of Miami, as well as Florida, FSU and Notre Dame.

“Georgia was a wonderful place. From the first day I stepped on campus there I loved it,” Michel said. “Georgia felt like something different and I wanted to experience something different.”

Michel (6-0, 205 pounds) ran for 1,825 and 18 touchdowns in the eighth grade and last season bounced back strong from a torn ACL that forced him to miss his sophomore year with 1,264 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Michel helped the Patriots win a district title and advance to the regional playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Michel picked up a red Georgia cap, then put it down during the broadcast, but only to replace it with a black Georgia cap, which he then put on. Michel said the Twitter account with his name that recently posted that he was planning “a shocker” Friday was not actually his.

“These last few years have been awesome getting the opportunity to do what every kid loves to do,” Michel said. “Georgia was the school I felt most comfortable at and really liked, and their style of offense was all me.”

Michel said he was also excited to compete for a place in an already talented backfield with tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, who are each coming off strong freshman seasons.

“Those two running backs gave me the itch to go to Georgia in the first place,” Michel said. “I feel like I can go in and compete. I want to earn my spot because I don’t want anything given to me. I just go out there and compete. I feel like my whole mindset is to dominate.”

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