The Sunshine state always produces great defensive backs and this season is no different. One of the best in the state for the class of 2006 is Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington cornerback Chavez Grant.
"He was a captain for us last year and he will the captain of the team for us again this year," Washington head coach Jesse Harris said. "He is an excellent student athlete and he display's great leadership and he is exactly what you want to try to develop in a kid and we are proud he represents our school."
Grant is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound lockdown corner who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds. He is already qualified academically with a 19 ACT and a 3.32 GPA.
"He is hearing from Miami, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, LSU and now Oklahoma has started inquiring about him a little bit," Harris said. "He is hearing from a lot of other schools as well, but those are some of the main ones that he is hearing from at this point."
Adding to an already loaded defense is one of the top defensive players in South Florida, 6-foot-3, 190-pound defensive end Joseph Jackson.
"He is a little thin right now so he will need to add weight, but he has a great frame so I think he can do that just fine," Harris said. "Some schools have called me and they want to look at him as a linebacker because he runs in the 4.6 range and moves so well."
Jackson was first team all-Dade County and second team All-State as a junior. He also had a team leading 13 sacks.
"He's a great pass rusher and he comes off the edge really well, so I could definitely see a school beefing him up a little and keeping him there," Harris said.
The defensive end anchoring the opposite side of the line, John Robles, is a in a little bit different mold than that of Jackson.
"His strength is stopping the run," Harris said. "He has a bigger frame and has even more room to grow. He is really good at taking on traps and reading backs coming out of the backfield and taking the play on head to head."
While Grant will very likely end up being the most heavily recruited of the bunch, quarterback Alwan Lee is the first to pick up a scholarship offer.
"The University of Houston has already offered him and I think there are some other schools that are close," Harris said. "Last year was his first year as a starter and he did a great job for us, I think he is a guy that can lead us to a state championship. He is an excellent runner as well as a great passer."
Running back Anthony White had to split time in the backfield last season, but will be the No. 1 guy in the offense this fall.
"Last year he played mostly fullback for us, but he is really a true tailback," Harris said. "He had good size and speed, but had to split time and we wanted to keep him out there as much as we could. He went to the NIKE combine a few weeks ago and everyone there loved him. I think he is a guy that could lead the county in rushing this year."