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One of the top athletes in the entire country gave a verbal commitment to Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles this evening.

Tonight's No. 5 rated cornerback in the country Michael Ray Garvin of Ramsey (NJ) Don Boscoe Prep committed to Coach Bowden and Coach Lilly tonight.

"The visit went great and we didn't want to waste anyone's time," father and Coach Johnnie Ray Garvin said. "Coach Bowden told us on our official visit that he treats all of his players like sons. He stops a meeting to deal with players problems and never will forget that. We are very happy and they are very happy with the commitment."

What's coach Bowden's plan for the four-stat standout?

He didn't lie and say he could start," Garvin said. "He thinks as long as Michael doesn't get hurt he could come in and contribute and get into the rotation. He wants to take it nice and slow at first. Being a father and a coach, I wouldn't want my son thrown right into the Lion's Den."

The Garvin family contributed the ACC conference as the biggest factor in the decision.

"It will be easy for us to drive to Virginia, Boston and Maryland from where we live," he said. "We'll fly down for the home games and we're excited about the conference championship next year. Florida State is the place to be if you want to win a championship."

Garvin is an excellent student who is on track to qualify academically.

He will represent the East squad in the Army All-American game on January 15th.

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