To play cornerback in college and in the NFL, you have to have a certain mentality. You have to believe in yourself enough that know that you won’t get beat and you are always the best man on the field. Three-star cornerback Dawayne Grace has that belief. He also has the scholarship offers to go with it.
“I like being up in the receiver’s face,” Grace, who said he’s 6-foot-1, 172 pounds and has been clocked consistently at 4.4-seconds in the 40-yard dash, said. “I’m like Charles Woodson and he’s like me. I get up in a guy’s face and make sure that he’s not getting open ever on me.”
Grace said he didn’t get challenged much last season and that’s why he only had four interceptions. He hopes to triple that number this season with a personal goal of 12 picks.
“I know I can do it,” he said. “I bet people try to challenge me since they know who I am now, but I’ll be ready for them. They won’t get open on me.”
Grace grew up in Miami but moved to Jacksonville with his mother when he was in the seventh grade. That, plus an offer, has the Canes sitting at No. 1 on his list. He also claims written offers from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Maryland.
“They all came in Fed Ex, so I guess that means they’re official,” he said. “I grew up a Cane fan and they’re up there. But I’m not committed and I’m still going to weigh my options.”
Grace, who has a 2.8 grade-point average and a 910 SAT score, said he plans on checking out the Florida-Miami game early on in the season and wants to make several other unofficial visits before he begins to line up his official ones.