Michel bound for UIndyMay 14, 2014
HUNTINGBURG — Even 2 1⁄2 hours north of Huntingburg, the University of Indianapolis campus just felt so familiar for Southridge senior Aidan Michel.
“It kind of felt like Southridge going up there,” Michel said. “Saturday night lights and everything. Great atmosphere.”
That single impression after his one visit to the Division II school was positive enough for Michel to scrap any other potential college possibilities and he knew “as soon as I went up to UIndy that was my decision,” he said.
Tuesday, Michel signed to play football for the Greyhounds, following his stellar senior season with the Raiders in which the linebacker earned a spot on the Class 2A all-state team.
Aidan, the son of Evan and Tracey Michel of Huntingburg, racked up 49 solo tackles, 66 assisted tackles and two interceptions for a Southridge defense that allowed 17 points per contest and upset top-ranked Evansville Mater Dei to claim the program’s first sectional crown since 2008. He also bulldozed his way for 628 rushing yards (third on the team) with six touchdowns as a fullback.
But for the Greyhounds, Michel expects to shift all his attention to defense at the middle linebacker spot, and he’s been busy in the gym preparing for the rigors of college football.
“I lift a lot of weights, run a lot; just getting my body ready and hopefully it’ll carry me through,” said Michel, who plans to pursue a degree in business. “(Raider coach Scott) Buening has helped. All the coaching staff is behind me at Southridge.”
The Greyhounds finished last season ranked No. 11 in the country and earned a trip to the Division II playoffs for the second straight season. UIndy also completed its second consecutive undefeated season in conference play, clinching the Great Lakes Valley Conference title in a 21-14 win over Truman State.
For Michel, he’s looking forward to the challenges of the next step.
“I would like to play a lot, but I’m happy just to do what they need me to do. And I’m willing to do it,” he said.
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