Miami gets all the pub in Florida as having great talent, as it should, but over the past three years we've seen more and more Division I signees coming out of the Tampa area and another prospect has emerged in Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee offensive guard Jeremy Michel.
"I coached here for 20 years and retired and then came back recently," Manatee head coach Joe Kinnan said. "I have coach a lot of college players including Tommy Frazier so I know talent and Jeremy is definitely a major conference Division I prospect. Brad Scott at Clemson is a good friend of mine and he came down in the spring and really liked him."
Michelle is a 6-foot-5, 280-pounder whose father played college football in Louisiana and transferred from the state two years ago.
"He's on a lot of schools recruiting radar and mailing lists," Kinnan said. "He's got an offer from Louisiana-Lafayette I know. He may have others, I'm not real sure to be honest. A local newspaper wrote that he had one from Auburn, but I'm not sure."
Last season Michelle played offensive tackle, but Kinnan felt with Michelle's size and athletic ability that he would better serve as a pulling offensive guard.
"We have an off week this week so he is going up to South Carolina for the game on Thursday," Kinnan said. "He's also going to visit Clemson and North Carolina unofficially when he's up there this weekend."
This past Friday Manatee played rival Bradenton Southeast, which boasts Florida commitment Terron Sanders along it's defensive line.
"Jeremy did real well against him Friday," Kinnan said. "He won some battles and lost some battles with him, but it Sanders is a heck of a player and it shows you that Jeremy can compete on that level."