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There are plenty of talented – and interested – cornerback prospects in the state of Florida. However, that hasn't kept the Florida State coaches from scanning the country and one of the best resides in New Jersey. The latest prospect to receive an offer has it all: blazing speed, excellent cover skills and the versatility to return kicks and take the occasional snap at tailback.

Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J) High defensive back Michael Ray Garvin was on his way to the state track championships when caught up with him. Garvin is the top seed in both the 100 and 200.

"I feel good about my chances," said Garvin, a 5-foot-9, 178-pounder who wowed scouts at the Meadowlands MSL combine, running 4.22 and 4.3 40s.

On the gridiron, Garvin totaled 45 tackles and four interceptions, returning two for scores. On offense, he tallied rushing 615 yards his junior season on 32 carries. He's already been toe-to-toe with the best – Garvin's battle with top receiver prospect Derrick Williams were reported as some of the best at the Meadowlands.

The results have been tangible. Garvin says he's up to 38 offers, with Florida State being the latest.

With camp plans up in the air, Garvin said he will take a tour of the south sometime in the coming weeks to check out some campuses of choice.

"I'll probably drive down and go see Florida State, Miami, Georgia and Georgia Tech," he said.

"I've already been to a few camps this spring so I'm not sure which school camps I'll be going to."

The formidable drive and the possibility of living and playing a long way from home?

Not a factor.

"I could see myself playing in the south," said Garvin, who was hesitant to name any leaders or favorites.

"The weather is great down there and there is a lot of tradition surrounding teams down there." Garvin said he follows Florida State football and watches nationally televised games whenever possible. He'll be tuned in on Labor Day when the Seminoles take on Miami to open the season.

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