Michael Ray Garvin holding two offers

Michael Ray Garvin may be ther most versatile and athletic player in the country. He could project to play three positions at the next level, but is getting the most attention to play defensive back.

The same Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep High School that brought you Brian Toal last year brings what is sure to be one of the top players in the Garden State this year. Michael Ray Garvin is getting a lot of attention and for good reason.

At 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, Garvin boasts a 4.3 40-yard dash time. That speed combined with his 290 pound bench press, 415 pound squat and 33 inch vertical jump have teams taking notice.

"He ran a 4.24 at the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine, but they made him run it again," Garvin's father said. "He came back and ran a 4.32 and walked away with the most valuable defensive player honors from the combine."

Michael's success doesn't end on the gridiron. Michael is also a fantastic student who carries a 3.0 GPA and is a star on the track. Michael was a 12 year old track national champion and is still competing at a very high level.

"In the 100 he will consistently run in the 10.5/10.6 range. In the 200 he has run in the 21.4/21.5 range. And he has run a 48 second 400. He also ran a 6.3 second 55 meter," Garvin's father said.

Last year Michael had four interceptions from his defensive back position and of those four he returned two for touchdowns. He also had 45 tackles. Playing wide receiver he had 11 receptions for 96 yards and five touchdowns. As a running back he had around 615 yards and another 13 touchdowns.

Michael's stats led him to bring home the first team All-State and All-County honors.

To this point Garvin is receiving the most recruiting attention from Rutgers, Syracuse, Boston College, Maryland, Michigan, Miami, Virginia, Nebraska and NC State. He is holding two official, written offers from Rutgers and Boston College. Rutgers was the first to offer in September of his Junior year.

When asked what his strengths are playing the defensive back position he said, "I have good coverage skills. I can break on the ball for interceptions and tackle. I like to emulate Jack Tatum. I'm a Raiders fan, but I like the way that he hit and intimidated people."

Last year was an experience that not too many get. Michael had the chance to watch Brian Toal go through the recruiting process, handle the pressure and learn from him. What did Michael walk away with from last year and watching Brian?

"I took advantage of playing behind him. This is my year. Brian was such a hard worker and had a great motor."

When asked if the Raiders connection meant anything to Michael considering Nebraska's new head coach he said, "I think that I could go to Nebraska. Look at all of the former Raiders that are there. They haven't offered me yet, but they send a lot of letters."

This summer Michael plans to improve on what are already very impressive personal testing numbers.

"My goal is to get faster and improve my vertical jump. I would like to have a 4.2 second 40-yard dash time and have a vertical jump around 36 or 37 inches."

Garvin's plans to display his skills on the field at the Nike camp at Miami and at the camp at Rutgers. As for who and his father will be visiting this summer that is up in the air yet. But, plans are being made.

Bryan Munson can be contacted at NURules@comcast.net.

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