REED CITY -- Four-event state champion Sami Michell officially signed her national letter of intent Thursday to become a member of the University of Michigan track and field program. Michell, whose senior spring track season will start with the official first day of practice on March 11, made her verbal announcement last month. Michell is coming off an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in the volleyball preseason. She had surgery in September, and has been waiting for the green light to start getting ready for the 2013 season. Michell said she\u2019ll be receiving a full-ride scholarship. \u201cI\u2019ve been kind of a Michigan fan my whole life. I\u2019ve always kind of wanted to go to Michigan,\u201d Michell said. \u201cIt just feels right. I\u2019ve been going to all the games and stuff and realized I really liked the school.\u201d Winning four open events had only been done one other time until Michell became the second at the state track finals in any division in June. She did her four at Comstock Park in the Division 3 finals. But she did more than just take first place in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, the long jump and the 200-meter dash. The Reed City junior also became a three-time state champ in the 100-meter hurdles, and a two-time state titlist in the long jump and 300-meter hurdles. She set Division 3 records in both hurdles and the long jump and also the all-divisions record in the 300 hurdles. But more impressively, by winning her last event of the day, the 200-meter dash for the first time in her three-year career, Michell became a four-time state champion in individual events. Michigan coach James Henry, in his 29th year of running the Wolverine women\u2019s track program, said Friday that his staff started recruiting Michell actively at the end of her junior season. \u201cWe watched her since her sophomore year in high school,\u201d Henry said. \u201cIt\u2019s her athletic ability that we noticed and we noticed how she progressed and how she improved and how she handled herself under pressure in competition.\u201d Henry said Michigan coaches guarantee athletes that they\u2019ll run what they did in high school, meaning Michell is slated for the long and short hurdles, plus the long jump and some relays. \u201cWe like to think that they might have some skills they\u2019re unaware of so we can put them in other events,\u201d Henry said. \u201cWhen they come here, we want them to be the best they can be.\u201d Henry said athletes might be redshirted, especially if they\u2019re coming off an injury, or if the coach doesn\u2019t feel they\u2019re emotionally and psychologically ready. Despite Michell\u2019s injury, Henry said his staff\u2019s expectations that she would be able to step in and contribute right during her true freshman season, 2013-14. \u201cIt\u2019s always a concern when an athlete gets injured,\u201d Henry said \u201cWe feel confident with what her parents, coaches and physical therapists are doing.\u201d Once athletes come to Michigan, Henry said he\u2019s comfortable with the quality of U-M doctors to make sure athletes are ready to go. Michell said in January that she\u2019s been running as a part of her therapy and some floor running. On Thursday, she confirmed that she\u2019s participated in some indoor meets. \u201cI ran in two (indoor high school) meets this week, Tuesday and (Wednesday) night,\u201d Michell said. \u201cI ran at CMU and Michigan. I didn\u2019t\u2019 run my best times but I did OK.\u201d It was Michell\u2019s first track action since her injury. \u201cI won on Tuesday and I took third (Wednesday night),\u201d she said. \u201cMy times got better. I don\u2019t really have my rhythm back. \u201cI\u2019m going to a meet on Saturday and I feel I\u2019ll run a lot better.\u201d But Michell anticipates eventually being to where she wants to be. The indoor meets are helping her get back in the groove, she added. Henry is excited over Michell\u2019s potential and what she could achieve if she progresses. \u201cI think she can be one of the best athletes in the Big 10 and then, one of the best athletes nationally,\u201d he said. \u201cThat depends on where her heart is. That will tell where she goes athletically. We have (high) expectations of all our athletes.\u201d Henry anticipates that his 2013-14 women\u2019s team will be strong in the long jump and hurdles areas with veterans, plus the addition of Michell.