When Friends Collide

Former high school team mates, Chavez Grant and Torrelt Solomon are the epitome of what a Miami Hurricanes-Florida International Golden Panthers rivalry could be.

From the practice fields of Booker T. Washington High School, this match up has been two years in the making. This Saturday, both will have a chance to renew a friendly rivalry and relive some memories.

Torrelt Solomon, a 5-foot-11, 175 pound wide receiver for FIU, will line up opposite his friend and former team mate, Chavez Grant this Saturday in a match up that spotlights exactly what the schedule makers for each school wished – an across-town rivalry that features plenty of feel good stories that reconnect old team mates and opponents from High school.

But at the end of the day, the match up will just be two buddies trying to compete, like old times.

"After the game we are going to hug and talk about old times and it is going to be the same old friendship," Grant said. "I am going to try and beat him up at the line. He is going to try and beat me and we are going to go out there and try to play football."

Grant, now the nickel back for the University of Miami, was a highly touted prospect coming out of the high school ranks. He ended his freshman campaign for the Hurricanes on a high note with five starts, including the MBC Computers Bowl versus Nevada.

Solomon went in a bit of a different direction. A one-star prospect by scout.com wasn't heavily recruited, but made the choice to attend a local school, FIU. A year, a red shirt and, a solid second year spring and fall camp has him atop the FIU depth chart at wide receiver.

"I was proud of him when I heard he got the job," Grant said. "He was always a hard worker."

The two former teammates lined up every day in practice and taught each other a lot.

"I taught him don't raise up before you set out on a break," Grant said. "He taught me where to put my hands and how to get them off focus."

The two spent most of the summer before their freshman year at college working out and training. Chavez remembers his mornings with Torrelt running on the beach and just talking about what would happen at their respective schools.

So, when someone asks ‘Who is Torrelt Solomon?' you'd have to look no further than Chavez Grant to get your answer, because no one would know him better.

"He is a pretty good player. He isn't the average type WR. He runs good routes, above average speed, and had very good hands. Not many people know about him, but people will begin to recognize him."

Despite his respect for his friend, Chavez expects to come out on top and talk a little friendly smack in between.

"I am going to talk to him, of course. Just like in practice, we would take shots but all within the rules and have fun."

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