Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas is annually one of the top high school programs in the country and for good reason. The Raiders have plenty of Division I talent on their sideline year in and year out. While the class of 2011 is very top heavy at the school, there are still other prospects with offers as well.
Defensive back Khambrel Garland bided his time last year behind other highly-ranked secondary members Lamarcus Joyner, Cody Riggs, Brian Robinson and Keion Payne. However, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound defender made his presence known this spring.
"Yes sir, I have some offers," Garland said. "Louisville, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Rutgers have all offered me. They all came in after the spring game. Illinois has also said something about possibly offering.
"The Louisville one came as a big surprise. I had been talking to the other schools, but the Louisville one just came in the mail and caught me off guard a bit."
Despite the school not having offered yet, one in-state program is on top for Garland's services. It does not hurt that two of his current teammates are committed there.
"Right now, I really want to look at Florida State because I know coach Eddie Gran," he said. "I'm hoping for them to offer me during the middle of the season. I visited up there one day with Marcus (Roberson), Rashad (Greene) and Bobby (Hart). I liked it a lot."
Garland is also high on two other programs as well.
"Illinois and Kentucky are also standing out to me right now," he said. "I saw Kentucky when I played for Deerfield High and they just followed me to St. Thomas and they saw me during the spring. I've been getting a lot of emails from them."
Garland is listed as a safety, but he says he could end up playing corner in college. In fact, it could even happen this season.
"I've been working with our DBs coach at corner," he said. "When the season starts, I should be at corner. Marcus and I talk about this every day. We're hoping that we can both play corner so we have two big corners that can shut down the other team's receivers. We're both tall, we both play physical and we're ballhawks."
The big defensive back says he is in no hurry to make a commitment. Because he did not see as much action as many other prospects his junior year, he expects more offers to come his way once schools see him working full-time as a senior.
"I'm planning to wait a little while," Garland said of making a college decision. "I want to see what all comes during the season so I can see all my options. I think I should see some more offers come my way then."
Right now, Garland is focused on the upcoming season. The Raiders open up against Dallas (Texas) Skyline in Cowboys stadium and also host another national power in Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County.
"I've been on the website a lot lately," he said. "I've seen the team from Camden County and they have predictions of what the score is going to be against us. Every day in the weightroom, we always talk about Dallas Skyline and Camden County. Those are the two teams, for us, that will put us back on the map."