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THE WINNER: Sony Michel
School: American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Patriots to a 12-1 record entering the Class 5A state semifinals, scheduled for Dec. 6. A U.S. Army Player of the Year Award nominee, Michel rushed for 1,602 yards and 18 touchdowns on 186 carries in addition to hauling in nine catches for 237 yards and three touchdowns entering the postseason final four. He rushed for 1,258 yards and 18 touchdowns on 127 carries as a junior, capturing 2012 Class 5A First Team All-State honors.
Academic excellence: Michel has maintained a 3.88 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: He has donated his time as a mentor and anti-bullying advocate for younger student-athletes in the community.
“Sony’s consistency over the last four years at American Heritage has stood out to me, because it’s hard to be so good for so long,” said American Heritage head coach Mike Rumph. “Sony is also very humble and doesn’t let the fame get to his head.”
THE FUTURE: Michel has verbally committed to Georgia.