RECRUITING: New Jersey CB interested in Oklahoma

Ramsey, N.J. cornerback Michael Ray Garvin discusses his battle with top receiver prospect Derrick Williams, his summer plans and interest in the Sooners.


You talk about a blur, Michael Ray Garvin impressed everybody at his combine workouts, and without question he is one of the fastest players in the country.

At Don Bosco Prep, Garvin plays cornerback, wide receiver and tailback, which always makes him one of the most important players on the field. This season, Garvin will start for the third year, but he lettered as a freshman on special teams. Last season, Garvin on intercepted four passes and returned two for touchdowns. He also finished the year with 45 tackles. On offense, he hauled in nine passes and he carried the football 30 times for 600 yards and 18 touchdowns.

"I would rather give a hit than receive a hit, so I would rather play cornerback," said Garvin. "Plus, my dad was a defensive back at Colorado so I have always liked defensive back. My dad (Johnny Ray Garvin) played in the USFL and played a little with the Oakland Raiders."

Garvin is also the return man on special teams and he runs track (100M/10.3…200M/21.5…4X 100 (anchor). Garvin went to the Nike camp at Stanford and he attended a combine at Giants Stadium.

"I went up against Derrick Williams at the combine at Giants Stadium," said Garvin. "He only caught one ball on me, so I think I covered him well."

Garvin can bench 330 pounds, squats 500 and he has a 33-inch vertical jump. Garvin has been offered by some 40 schools at this point and he has an interest in some of the top schools in the country.

"I have narrowed my choices down to seven," said Garvin. "I like Oklahoma, Kansas State, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Colorado and Maryland. I don't have a favorite, but that is my top seven.

"I like Oklahoma a lot. They are a great football program and a great school. I like the fact they play in the Big 12 Conference and it seems that OU is always ranked very high. I know that OU graduates a starting corner and they have upperclassmen on the other side, and that appeals to me because I want to get some playing time as a true freshman."

Garvin says he will visit all seven schools this summer, but he has not established his schedule at this time.

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