Michael Daugherty is one of the best players from the state of Georgia in the Class of 2023.
The 5-foot-11, 145-pound Daugherty, who attends Bay Creek Middle School, is a versatile player that works as a ATH at defensive end, outside linebacker, defensive back, safety, wide receiver and running back.
Daugherty has played for the Grayson Rams during his career.
Daugherty has been a part of the Diamond All-American bowl (winning in seventh grade), the NextGen Showcase, the Elite Talent Showcase and FBU Team GFL.
Daugherty recently captured the 7th grade MVP at FSG’s Dekalb camp.
Daugherty is humbled for the opportunity to showcase his skills against some of the best of the best.
“It was a humbling experience to be chosen among all the talent that was at the camp in Dekalb County. I feel that a played well but, there will forever be room for improvement and a ability to grow and prosper. The best thing I learned at the the FSG camp was when I had asked former New York Giant Brandon Jacobs about life after football. Mr.Jacobs just told me that I have to enjoy life and enjoy what I do,” Daugherty said. “The best thing I felt that was done at the camp was I had a high catch rate compared around others at the camp. Something that I would want to work on is getting better in other positions I play. What I can do to better myself at said positions is nothing but hard work and dedication.”
Daugherty has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron.
“My mindset at each position is that I have to dominate. The man standing across from you is trying to take your dream and make you look silly,” Daugherty said. “I love the physicality of playing football and knowing anything that you've been putting up can be channeled into a positive action.”
Daugherty has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
“Football has taught me to fight through bias, unfair treatment, pain, adversity, and what to do when life knocks you down,” Daugherty said.
Daugherty recalls his favorite football memory.
“In my second year we won our county championship,” Daugherty said. “The year before that we had lost in the semifinals on a last second touchdown play.”
Daugherty takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Daugherty makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I try to be a good teammate by encouraging others around me to make those big plays and to eat up on the field,” Daugherty said. “I've told a teammate that they can't stop you. That it's all mental and you have what it takes to run this game.”
Daugherty appreciates the role his coaches have served in making him who he is today.
“My coaches have always pushed me past my mental and physically limits,” Daugherty said. “But as a person they've taught me life skills of treating all people right as have my parents.”
When Daugherty isn’t playing football, he loves studying health and science.
“They are the most likely to be used in real world applications,” Daugherty said.
Daugherty admires the play of this Alabama player.
“A college player I look up to is Jalen Hurts because even though he was a sensational quarterback and didn't do so well in the national college championship, he shared the limelight with freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa,” Daugherty said.
Daugherty dreams of one day becoming the next great Crimson Tide or Trojan player.
“My dream college is either Alabama or USC because the play styles of both colleges fit my dynamic and have great names that have been named alumni from there,” Daugherty said.
Daugherty is excited about where the future will take him both as a player and a person.
“My goals on and off the field is the be the best human being I can be and become another static to a hashtag or chart,” Daugherty said.
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