Star NJ athlete offered by Panthers

New Jersey was once a fertile recruiting area for Pittsburgh during the 80s and early 90s, but that hasn't been the case for a while. Even this year, the Panthers have not been involved much in the state, which is even more loaded with talent than usual. That was until the Panthers hired long time veteran coach Pete Carmichael, a New Jersey native.

The Panthers became the sixth school to offer athletic CB/WR Michael Ray Garvin of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ), joining Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers, Boston College, and Syracuse.

"The Pittsburgh coach, Carmichael, told us on the phone that Mike had an offer and that it will be a written offer soon," says Garvin's father, Johnny Ray Garvin, a former college football player himself.

"We are very excited about the offer from Pittsburgh," continues Mr. Garvin. "They have a great program and a great coach in Walt Harris. And they are a program that's on the rise. And look at their history. I know all about Tony Dorsett, and Dan Marino, and Larry Fitzgerald, and players like that. They have a great history."

While some schools, like Syracuse, are recruiting Michael Ray as a WR, the Panthers want him for defense.

"They want him to be their lock down corner," says Mr. Garvin. "And that's exactly what Mike can do."

Mr. Garvin says that he has informed schools that he will take a tour with his son of the schools that are interested in the 5'8", 178-pound speedster. And that he prefers to get most of it done by June 10th. He also expects a decision could be made no later than September so that his son can concentrate on football.

"We will go to all of the schools that have offered," said Mr. Garvin. "We will be there at Pitt to check things. You can count on it."

Michael Ray has heard from schools such as LSU and Oklahoma. And while Mr. Garvin won't rule out such prestigious programs, he says he would prefer for his son to stay close to home so the family can see him play.

Another factor, according to the elder Garvin, could be which schools will let him run track.

"It will definitely help their cause," says Mr. Gavin, who says his son just ran the 100 meters in a blistering 10.5 seconds.

The younger Garvin is highly involved in track and will attend the Nike Camp at Stanford because of track commitments in that area.


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