Metellus Eager to Play Against Familiar Faces in Florida

Metellus Eager to Play Against Familiar Faces in Florida

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Metellus Eager to Play Against Familiar Faces in Florida

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When you grow up and play football in greater Miami, there’s a good chance that you’re going to be surrounded by Division I talent. With Florida being a state with three major Power 5 football institutions, the likelihood of playing against some familiar faces even at the next level is relatively astounding.

And though Michigan safety Josh Metellus headed north after his days of playing at Charles Flanagan High School, he’ll face the Florida Gators for the second time in his young career this December. And in doing so, he’s ready to see guys he played against in his formative years.

Because there are so many players on Florida’s team that Metellus knows, he’s already had something of a jump on the Gators, as he’s watched them all year.

“I know a lot of guys on the team, so I’ve been watching them throughout the season,” Metellus said. “I’ve been watching them throughout the season, trying to figure out what kind of offense they run. We’re gonna go more into depth once we start getting more back into it.

“But yeah, playing a team that kinda runs the same thing helps. We’ve got a whole month to prepare, so I think we’ll be pretty good coming up to that.”

Because of the familiarity and playing the flagship school in his home state, this game means a little extra to Metellus. But it’s not just because he wants to prove he made the right decision coming to Michigan.

It’s more about how he and his past competition were able to battle each other, make each other better. And now, they have an opportunity for yet another national showcase, highlighting the talent from one of the nation’s most fertile recruiting grounds.

“It’s always good to play guys you know, especially on a bigger stage,” Metellus said. “We played each other in high school, now we’re moving up to bigger and better things. And it’s just good, playing them, having that competition level that you had growing up your whole life. It’s just one of those things you want to take pride in.”

But, of course, it’s a game Metellus wants to win. He does still have that inner-need to prove he made the right decision to come north to Big Ten country.

Because if you lose to guys that you know, you’re likely to hear about it for some time afterwards.

“You don’t want to give them that bragging right,” Metellus said. “So you just go in, like, ‘Alright, I want to win this game because I don’t want them talking about it the whole year.’”

The Wolverines and Gators are set to kick off at noon EST on Dec. 29 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

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