DB Sets Visit to UM

Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White standout quarterback/defensive back Dawayne Grace saw his season come to an early end recently when his team was knocked out of the state playoffs in the first round.

"It just wasn't our night," he said. "Our defense was tight as usual but the offense, we had trouble with their defense. We couldn't block, couldn't catch, couldn't do a lot of things. It's frustrating man."

At 6-feet and 170 pounds, Grace finished the year with over 1,500 yards of total offense. Defensively, teams rarely threw his direction. Now he's one of the state's top cornerback prospects.

"I've got some trips lined up," he said. "I go to Miami on December 5th, Maryland on the 19th, Florida on January 16th, and I had Tennessee set for December 12th but I will be taking the ACT that day so we'll need to reschedule it. The fifth one is between Florida State, Purdue, and Iowa."

The talented cornerback prospect said there's a lot to like about the programs on his list.

"The ones I'm gonna visit, I like them all," he said. "Florida's been on me real hard. My homeboy (Dee Webb) is there now and he's telling me how I should come too. After this year, it's just him and one other guy at corner. Maryland's losing six defensive backs next year so I know I can go in there and compete with anyone they have. Miami's Miami. I'm from there. All my family except me and my mama are there. That's home man."

Grace said he talks to the UM coaches (Vernon Hargreaves for the most part) on a weekly basis.

"They was telling me how Antrel Rolle plans on coming back for his senior year," he said. "They were real honest with that. Sean Taylor and Maurice Sikes are leaving at safety. Alfonso Marshall's leaving. Kelly Jennings is going to be a junior and the other guy that plays (Glenn Sharpe) tore his ACL recently so they're not sure about his status for next year. They got a couple young guys too. Miami's always going to have players but that's what makes them so good. They wanna compete. I can't wait to take my visit there and to chill with those guys to see how I really fit in."

Grace and his mother moved to Jacksonville when he was in 7th grade.

"I've lived in two parts of the state," he said. "It doesn't matter where I go for college. I'll go anywhere. I just wanna compete and win. Of course I'm trying to get to the league too."

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