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Sony Michel: What 5-Star Back Will Bring UGA in 2014

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Coach Mark Richt's offense can claim three of the SEC's top running backs if five-star recruit Sony Michel lives up to expectations. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.
Coach Mark Richt's offense can claim three of the SEC's top running backs if five-star recruit Sony Michel lives up to expectations. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.

Georgia fans received an early Christmas present when five-star running back Sony Michel committed to the Bulldogs.

The commitment (as long as he sticks with it) will give Georgia three of the top running backs in the country all on the same team.

Michel is the No. 5 overall prospect (according to Rivals.com) and No. 2-ranked running back. He comes from the same school (American Heritage) as current UGA kicker Marshall Morgan.

So, what are the Bulldogs getting in Michel?

PROFILING MICHEL

Michel has been a sensation since he was in middle school.

After a knee injury in his sophomore year, Michel came back in his junior year and did not miss a beat. He rushed for 1,258 yards on 127 carries and 18 touchdowns.

According to Bud Elliott, SB Nation's National Recruiting Analyst, "Michel looks all of 205 pounds, and clearly put his upper body to work while rehabbing his knee. As a result, his stiff-arm move is more powerful than ever...Michel has excellent moves in the open field, and displays very good vision as well, getting the most out of each play, particularly when he hits the cutback lane."

WHAT IT MEANS FOR GEORGIA

Michel is a great addition, but the Bulldogs have Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall already on campus, big reasons why Michel chose Georgia.

“Those two running backs actually gave me the itch of wanting to go to Georgia,” Michel said. “Having two great running backs there is awesome. I can go in and compete. I always want to compete. I don’t want anything given to me.”

So, how does Michel fit into all of this?

For starters, Gurley and Marshall will be in their junior years when Michel finally gets to campus. They'll both have the option of going to the NFL after the 2014 season. If one or both do that, it will open up Michel to be the full-time starter in 2015.

As for 2014, UGA has the option of redshirting Michel to save a year of eligibility.

If they choose to play him, defenses won't have a break on any down against that trio. One would think that offensive coordinator Mike Bobo would design a few plays where at least two of them are on the field at the same time.

Regardless of what happens, Georgia seems to be set at running back through the 2016 season.