While many take spring break to relax and enjoy time away from school. Many top football prospects look to hit the highways and make as many visits as possible. Winton Woods defensive back Miquan Grace made several visits during his break and spoke about each visit.

Louisville was my first visit. It was cold the day I visited, and they practiced outside. I had several great conversations with some of the coaches and players and they showed me around. It’s a new staff and they’ve got a great atmosphere with great facilities and practice was intense and fast, kind of like how we do things at Winton Woods.

I’m dealing with Coach (Kane) Wommack at Indiana. Their indoor facility reminds me of Ohio State. Coach (Tom) Allen is a cool dude and they have a couple of new staff members. I got a chance to hang with some of the coaches in the players lounge. They play in the Big Ten Conference and a lot of schools in the Big Ten have been reaching out. I’m really considering the Big Ten right now.

I next visited Ohio State and there were a lot of people the day I visited. I did have a chance to speak with Coach (Ryan) Day and I’ve been talking with him a lot. One of my old teammates, Jerron Cage, plays there and I also saw Amir Riep as they are roommates. They are both doing well. I also spoke with Coach (Al) Washington and had been talking with him a lot when he was at Michigan. To get an offer from Ohio State would mean a lot. I’ve wanted to play for Ohio State since I was young. It would be a dream come true.

At Pittsburgh, I’m talking with Coach (Randy) Bates, Coach (Pat) Narduzzi and Coach (Paris) Johnson. Pitt was like nothing I’d ever seen before because they share their facilities with the Steelers. I saw Aaron Donald and had no clue he played for Pitt. They still have him a locker there for him as he comes and works out. Their facilities had me blown away and I had no ideal it was going to be like that. They even have their own chefs who cook, and it was real good food.

Cincinnati was my next visit. My hometown… I’ve been there a couple times and been there more than any other school. I’ve been talking with Coach (Marcus) Freeman and Coach (Mike) Mickens. The last visit with them I was able to sit in their team meeting and it was cool. I’ve been considering a lot about staying home and it would be a dream to play for Coach Mickens. I had a chance to work with Coach Mickens at their skill club and he really knows his stuff.

At Kentucky, I got a chance to meet a couple of the players who did early enrollments. That is something I’m thinking about and I spoke with Moses Douglass who I’ve known since I was in sixth grade. He talked about how it can help you get ahead of the other freshmen and get a solid star in the classroom. Chris Oats is one of my former teammates who plays there, and I got to see Mike Edward as well. It’s the Southeastern Conference and you could tell from their facilities as they’ve got a great stadium and weight room. It would be between Kentucky and Pittsburgh as far as top facilities. The program is really coming up and they are getting some high-level recruits.

Eastern Kentucky was a surprising visit as I didn’t think it was going to be like it was. I went down with one of my teammates, but we couldn’t see a lot as it was snowing. They don’t have an indoor, but we took a tour and it was a nice visit.

My last visit was Purdue. I went with Miyan Williams and they showed us a great time. I’m talking with Coach (Anthony) Poindexter and Coach (Chris) Barclay. I had no idea Purdue was going to be that nice. There are a lot of places you hear about and don’t know if it’s going to be nice or not. But I really liked Purdue a lot as they have really upgraded their facilities.

Currently holding double digit scholarship offers, Grace is scheduled to visit Illinois this weekend. As for when he’ll look to decide, currently the plan looks more like an end of summer or at the start of his senior season.

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Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for Scout.com from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (DaveBerkConsulting.com), a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.

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