DB Has High Interest in UM

The University of Miami coaches spent a good amount of time and energy recruiting fullback/linebacker Brian Toal this past season at Don Bosco Prep High School in New Jersey. The UM coaches may be back in town this year for standout senior Mike Ray Garvin.

Garvin, whose father is the school's secondary coach, enjoyed an outstanding junior season while playing on a team loaded with stars -- including Toal. As a tailback, Garvin had 615 yards on just 32 carries and six touchdowns. As a cornerback on defense, he finished the year with four interceptions and two touchdowns.

The talented senior, who projects as a cornerback at the college level, took his game to San Antonio this past January for the Army All-American Combine, which was held a day before the game. Garvin took home Defensive MVP honors.

"Michael showed the country why he deserves to be regarded as one of America's top high school football players next season," said camp director Garrett Shea. "Garvin is a powerful, disciplined, and explosive athlete who made a strong statement as one of the nation's premier players next fall."

During the event, Garvin (who checks in at 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds) ripped off one of the fastest 40-times, which included an electronic run of 4.37 seconds. He also jumped 30 inches on the vert and put up 22 reps on the 185-pound bench press.

"I just wanted to go out there and show everyone that I'm one of the best," Garvin said. "I think I did well."

The standout defender is now getting ready for track season, where he's aiming for a state title.

"I run the 100 and 200," he said. "I got a 10.88 automatic 100 last year and a 22.12 200. I'm trying to win it all this year."

Garvin has played every skilled position on the football field since he began playing football at age seven. He thinks he'll be a corner in college.

"I'm different than the other guys because of my cover skills," he said. "I can go one on one with anyone. I can run with anyone and I can get physical if I have to."

Garvin is getting strong interest from many Division 1 programs from across the country. His mail stack already includes two scholarship offers.

"Two of them have offered --Rutgers and Boston College," he said. "I'm not sure when the other ones will but I'm getting a lot of interest. Syracuse, Michigan, there are a bunch more."

One of the schools that Garvin mentioned as being interested in is UM. He has a connection there.

"I like Miami a lot," he said. "Three of my aunts went there. They didn't run or anything, just went to school there. I've been to the school before. It's really nice, small. I liked it there. And of course their football team is real good. I'm getting mail from them but it's not (handwritten)."

The talented cornerback prospect said he's still a long way away from being able to start naming favorites.

"I couldn't even tell you right now," he said. "I'm gonna wait to see who offers me and all that before I get into it like that."

Garvin plans on attending one of the NIKE Camps in California. He'll travel out there because his track schedule won't let him attend the ones closer to home.

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