Kyler McMichael (6’1, 200), from Greater Atlanta Christian High School in Georgia, is the composite number 71 player in the country and I think that is too low. McMichael is a top 50 player in my book and one of the better corner prospects in the country. One of the crown jewels of this class. On his high school team he is used primarily as a running back where he excels in addition to playing corner. Coach Reed and Coach Conn deserve credit here for Kyler’s recruitment. They fended off Auburn at various stages in his recruitment.
As you probably know by now, Clemson prefers corners with length and values the ability to play multiple positions in the secondary. Kyler is already physically developed and put together. He won’t need a lot of time to physically transition to the college game. He can hold up in run support and loves to deliver punishing blows. He is extremely physical as a corner.
As a running back and kick returner he is shifty and elusive, making quick cuts. Speed and athleticism are his top traits right now. His technique will need polish, but his backpedal is fluid and he has the desired suddenness and ability to flip his hips. As a RB he has breakaway speed and that translates into playing corner. If he can master the little things about being a corner and transition into defense full-time, he can see the field sooner than later. With only one corner/DB (a position of need in this class) committed so far in the class, McMichael is a very important piece of this class.