Three-star Jacksonville (Fla.) White cornerback Dawayne Grace is a player whose stock has really taken off since the end of his junior season.
Grace (6-1, 172, 4.4) is sporting more scholarship offers than he can remember off the top of his head, including the likes of Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, Auburn, Purdue and Syracuse.
“I’ve had calls from Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina this week,” he said. “The phone’s been ringing a lot.”
Five schools appear to be emerging to the forefront in the race for Grace.
“I think I have it down to the five schools I will visit,” he said. “I’ll definitely be visiting Florida, Miami and Tennessee. I think Georgia and Maryland will be the other two.”
Asked what he liked about his favorites, Grace offered the following:
“Florida is close to home, and I really like their coaches who have been recruiting me. They seem like they’d be good to play for.
“Miami is my hometown, and I grew up a big Hurricane fan. They have a great program and great defenses.
“The coaches at Tennessee have told me I’d be a real good fit for them and that I’d have a chance to play pretty early, so I’m going to go check them out.
“Georgia and Maryland are both kind of a mix of the coaches and good tradition.”
Grace has made unofficial visits to Florida for the San Jose State game and Miami for the Florida game. He plans to attend more this fall, but hasn’t set anything on the schedule yet.
Through three games this season, he’s helped lead White to a 2-1 record. He plays quarterback on offense, where he’s thrown two touchdown passes, and corner on defense. He’s yet to record his first interception of the season after picking four as a junior.
“Nobody will throw the ball to my side,” he said. “They’re all scared of me.”
Academically, Grace maintains a 2.8 GPA and has scored a 910 on the SAT.