Mike's Pre-Season Top 100: 1-5
Sony Michel
Sony Michel

Posted Jul 1, 2013


CanesTime's Mike Bakas breaks down the state's top 100 football prospects in the Class of 2014, with a focus on where Miami stands with each player. Read on to read about 1-5.

1. Sony Michel, RB, American Heritage -- At 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, Michel is an elite level running back in every form. He's very strong in the lower body, and has the toughness to go between the tackles. He's such a violent runner that he's always breaking tackles and doing a great job finishing his runs. He also has outstanding speed and quickness to go the distance every time he touches it. He can catch, block, return kicks, a little bit of everything. He's been ultra-productive at the prep level, and seems like the type of kid who could make a serious impact right away, no matter where he goes. Miami recruited him very hard and made a serious run at him but he committed to Georgia back in the spring.

2. Dalvin Cook, RB, Miami Central -- At 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, Cook is one of the most explosive running back prospects this state has produced over the last several years. He has outstanding speed and quickness. If he gets the smallest of holes, he has a chance to hit the home run just about every time. He's a big play waiting to happen. He's also a threat as a pass-catcher coming out of the backfield. He also has very good skills as a defensive back. He looks like a young C.J. Spiller every time he touches the football. A one-time Clemson commitment, Cook is now pledged to Florida. It's not over, though, and Miami is still actively recruiting him.

3. K.C. McDermott, OT, Palm Beach Central -- At 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, McDermott is the most complete offensive line prospect in the state this year. He has the size, arm-length, foot quickness, and overall athleticism to play the left tackle spot. He's also strong and physical enough to play on the right side. His football IQ is excellent and he's very coachable, and maintains a very strong work ethic. The brother of current UM center Shane McDermott, Kc is already solidly committed to the Hurricanes.

4. Johnnie Dixon, WR, Dwyer -- At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Dixon is the most complete wide receiver prospect in the state this year. He has outstanding speed and quickness. He runs great routes and does a great job of getting defensive backs turned around in coverage. He catches everything you throw near him. He has the strength and toughness to play in the slot and the speed and playmaking skills to be an outside guy. His production numbers are strong, too. He's been to Miami a few times but he grew up a Florid fan so they may be tough to beat in the end.

5. Chad Thomas, DL, Booker T. Washington -- At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Thomas already has ideal size for a major college defensive end prospect. He's a very good athlete with good strength, a good motor, and a good football IQ. He's well-coached and comes from an elite prep program. He's a rare game-changing type of player at his position at that age. Everyone's offered but he's remained very quiet about the entire recruiting process. Miami is definitely in the mix, however.



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