Don Bosco prep star wants a rematch

Cornerback Michael Ray Garvin and his father Johnny Ray are issuing a challenge to another high profile recruit: receier Nyan Boateng of Lincoln (H.S.) High School.

Nyan Boateng said in an article on another Web site that he beat Garvin multiple times during 1-on-1 drills at the Elite Combine at the Meadowlands recently. The Garvins tell an entirely different story.

"He caught one ball against me," Michael Ray Garvin said.

"You get Nyan to go to the MSL/Insiders Combine and we'll have ourselves a rematch. I'm calling the coaches tomorrow and setting up a scrimmage between Bosco and Lincoln. We'll put the shoulder pads and helmets on and see what's up," laughed Johnny Ray Garvin.

Michael elaborated about the 1-on-1 drills: "The QB had like five to six seconds to throw the ball. In a game he wouldn't have that kind of time, so the wide receiver can put all kind of extra moves on you."

Garvin also covered wide receiver Derrick Williams from Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) High School,  widely considered the best in the country at his position.

"I covered him like nine times and he caught a few, but I think I did well against him," Michael said.

Michael ran a 4.30 and a 4.22 40-yard dash at the combine and was the fastest player there; he also earned secondary MVP honors. Michael's father estimates that Michael got around eight more offers at the Elite Combine.

"He got offered by Oklahoma, Georgia, and North Carolina. He's got around 30 written offers and five verbal offers," Johnny Ray said.

Some of Garvin's offers include Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia, Nebraska, Colorado, Notre Dame, Maryland, Boston College, Oklahoma, Georgia, North Carolina, Syracuse, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue, Georgia tech, North Carolina State, West Virginia, and Penn State.

Michael, a 5-foot-8, 178-pound athlete, has visited three schools: Maryland, Rutgers and Penn State. He plans on visiting most of the schools that have offered him as soon as track season ends around the first week of June. Michael has run a 10.3 100 meters and a 21.6 200 meters.

We asked Michael for his impression of the three schools he has visited.

Penn State: " It was alright, not what I expected, though I was impressed with how many fans turned out for the spring game, but that's about it." 

Rutgers: "They're from my home state, so I'm going to give them a look, they have some good things going on there."

Maryland: "They have a good team and a real nice campus, I liked it there a lot."

Michael ran for 615 yards and six touchdowns on only 32 carries last season. He will be a shut down corner in college; defensively he had 45 tackles, four interceptions and two touchdowns. Garvin came on the seen when he attended the US Army All-American junior combine last summer, and earned the defensive MVP award. In order to make some West Coast visits Michael will be attending the Nike Combine in Palo Alto, Calif. and may attend the MSL/Insiders Combine if his schedule permits and Boateng is in attendance, according to Johnny Ray.

Michael Ray Garvin has a long list of teams he is debating between, but the top eight for right now appears to be Rutgers, Oklahoma, Georgia, Nebraska, Colorado, Notre Dame, Maryland, and Boston College. Although schools like Virginia, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh are not out of the running just yet.

"I like (head coach) Walt Harris, and (receivers coach Pete Carmichael) is very consistent with his efforts to land Michael. Pittsburgh will definitely be a place we'll go and check out,." Johnny Ray said

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