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Michael Daugherty is already a big in-state name to know for the 2023 class.

Michael Daugherty: Young All-American in-state DB already ‘loves Georgia’

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry will offer a good first look at 2023 All-American defensive back prospect Michael Daugherty at Grayson High in Metro Atlanta. 

The Class of 2023 in the state of Georgia continues to be a big thing for DawgNation to pay attention to. It is because of talented young players like Grayson’s Michael Daugherty.

While it is very early, the growing number of elite 2023 prospects in the state is vast. These young men also know one another well from playing together growing up in various showcases, All-Star events and select Football University (FBU) camps.

When Treyaun Webb told DawgNation recently he expects the 2023 class at UGA to “break the internet” because of the prospect haul, he named Daugherty as one of the four-to-six names he wants to play with.

Webb is the lone commitment in the 2023 class for Georgia. He’s already a strong influencer for that group. That 2023 class even has its own text thread chain that is approximately 30 players deep. And growing.

Webb said he’s love to play on Saturdays with Daugherty. Rightfully so. The young defender from Grayson High even has a family connection to UGA, too.

The 6-foot, 175-pound sophomore has already committed to the Under Armour All-American Game for 2023. Daugherty was ranked today by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 3 safety and No. 48 overall prospect for 2023. He is also on the 2020 MaxPreps.com Preseason Sophomore All-American team. He has a 3.7 GPA and lists a 4.5 clocking in the 40.

That’s a lot already for his resume. What drives him? He told DawgNation it is to honor the memory of his grandfather. Johnny Paschal meant quite a lot to his loved ones.

“I play this game for my family,” Daugherty said. “When I lost my grandfather on April 13, it kind of struck me by surprise. We expected it with everything he had going on but to see my grandma and the rest of my family so sad, it really affected me. I was like ‘Dang, man. How do I bring that joy back to our family?’ so that was a big change for me in my life and the way I had been thinking.”

Michael and his older brother, K.J., spent the day with Pachal right before he passed away.

“Mike made a promise to him that he hasn’t shared and you can tell it gave him peace because Daddy left the next morning,” his mother Phoenix Daugherty said.

His mother said her son become more focused “overnight” after that moment.

“I had to make a decision about my life,” Michael Daugherty said. “At that point, I was just playing football for me and at some point in every player’s life, they are going to find out there is a much greater cause than that. I made the choice then to do all of this for my family. That’s when it really set in. I buckled down. Even with offers coming in. I felt like that was the point of my life where I had to make all of this about something greater than myself.”

“It felt like I lost it all and to get it back I had to focus on my family as my real anchor for my life.”

Paschal was very hard-working. He was a man of few words but he also placed his family above all things. He stressed to his grandson to never cut corners and to work hard for everything he wants from life.

“There was always something special about his laugh when it came to Michael,” Phoenix Daugherty said. “It was like it echoed how proud he was.”

When he saw his grandson develop in football, he told him he’d be there on the 50-yard line for all his college and professional games. That will not happen.

But it still can.

“To honor him, we promised my Mom that wherever Mike is there will be a jersey on the 50-yard line in the stands with my Dad’s name on it.”

Michael Daugherty plays the game to honor his family and the memory of his beloved grandfather. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

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Daugherty had a recent tweet of interest. Especially since he dropped a #wristwatch hashtag. Check out the two bands across his wrist in that Grayson High practice photo.

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