Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage sophomore running back Sony Michel made his way to Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday to watch the Alabama Crimson Tide host the LSU Tigers in an epic match-up. He arrived in town hours before kickoff and was able to see a bit of what the football program has to offer.
"I got to take a tour around the football facilities," Michel said. "I liked the tour. I liked all of their facilities. It is a beautiful place."
During his time on campus, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound running back was able to catch up with a member of the coaching staff that he has known since before he was at the SEC school.
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"I didn't get a chance to talk to Coach (Nick) Saban, the only coach I got a chance to speak with was Coach (Jeff) Stoutland, the offensive line coach," Michel said. "I know Coach Stoutland from when he was at Miami. He told me that they are interested in me and the type of person I am. He said they want a player with the type of ability that I have and they feel Alabama would be a great fit for me."
After touring the facilities and speaking with Coach Stoutland, Michel and the throng of other recruits on campus made their way to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the primetime match-up.
"They took us over to the game and we got to see the players get off the bus," Michel said. "We got to see the gameday stuff. All the recruits got together, ate, and then we got a chance to go on the sidelines."
While the home team came up short, Michel enjoyed the defensive battle on the field.
"The game was great," Michel said. "It was a great experience to see No. 1 and No. 2 play against one another. It was a big game. The atmosphere was a lot different from what I have been around. Seeing 104,000 fans is amazing. It was very loud. It was very different, a good atmosphere, and a great experience for me."
Now back home in South Florida, the uber-talented Michel is thinking about when he will next be able to make it to Tuscaloosa.
"It is a place I definitely want to get back to," Michel said. "After that trip, it really opened my eyes."
Michel plans to visit Florida State this weekend to watch the Seminoles host Miami. He also hopes to visit Miami and Florida before the conclusion of the regular season.
As for his rehab from a torn ACL that stole his sophomore season, Michel says he is ahead of schedule and should be cleared to cut come March.