2013 Prospect Ready for State Championship

After an undefeated season, it all comes down to one game for Jermaine Grace and the Miramar Patriots. Saturday, they take on last year's runner up in the FHSAA class 8A State Championship, the Plant Panthers (13-1).

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound linebacker says he's expecting an intense matchup in Orlando.

"We are getting prepared for it, we got our hotels and all that," Jermaine Grace said.

"I heard the teams that played them, they said they had a physical game, so most likely we are going to have a physical game. You know, we just gotta keep our heads up and play ball."

Grace is close friends with Miramar corner back Tracy Howard, one of the top corners in the nation. He said they talk often about college and would love to play together at the next level.

"That's one of the plans we have," Grace said. "It doesn't matter if we go to the same college or not, but that's what we want to do."

For now, Grace has offers from Florida, Florida State, and North Carolina, and talks to Alabama often, but he expects his recruitment to blow up in the coming months.

"All of it's going to go down next year, my senior year, everybody will start really offering me," he said.

In the meantime, he really likes Florida and Florida State, especially because they are close to home.

"I really like Florida, It's close to home, they have a good engineering program, but I feel like I might not be an engineer, because (in) engineering you can't really have a personal life, I gotta learn a lot of stuff, so I just might go into business, and I've heard they have a good business program, also an awesome football team. Florida State is one of my top too, any Florida team," he said.

"I like Florida, Florida State, and Alabama (because they're) close to home, but anywhere I go I'm going to make the best of it."

When Grace was younger, he was one of the biggest kids on the football team, earning him the nickname "Big Country." Jermaine "Big Country" Grace has dreams of playing on Sundays in the future, but for now he's focused on winning the state championship Saturday.

"I want to make it to the NFL, but everything is not for everybody, so I still want to have my little business going on," he said.

"I'm going to keep working hard like I am right now, just stay focused on my career."

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