Style and Grace
There is an ongoing phrase in football that players get tagged with. “He has it”.
The “it” factor, is an intangible and is something that cannot be measured. In Cincinnati, Ohio a young man by the name of MiQuan Grace has that “it” factor. One of the top players in the class of 2020, he is as good as they come. The 5’8” 160 lb., defensive back is entering his freshman year at Winton Woods High School. His name may ring bells to some, as he has been catching media attention for receiving college offers from prestigious universities such as Cincinnati, Kentucky, and Kent State.
Miquan’s skill set is quietly drawing comparisons to one of the Cincinnati Bengals cornerbacks. “I model my game after Adam “Pacman” Jones” said MiQuan. The similarities are staggering. MiQuan does not shy away from contact, as his 146 tackles last season would indicate. He also is a ball hawk, intercepting 7 passes as well. That was at the youth level. Miquan is ready to take the next step, as he is the only an incoming freshman working out with the varsity program. “I’m pushing myself to compete at a varsity level without missing a step. I’ve always played up. My biggest concern is adjusting to the pace of the game”. Grace answered when asked about the transition to the next level
Outside of football, MiQuan is a volunteer at the local drop off center, which is a recycling and donation facility. He is also the eldest of 6 boys. “He is a standout older brother, a real role model to his brothers”. Miquan’s father Mike explained. “He is really mature”. He continued. Miquan’s maturity is certainly a big part of the mental side of the game. He is a leader, and is used to being a part of a winning culture. His 12 and under team lost only 1 game over a five year span due to great coaching and by the “Grace” of Miquan. When asked what he loves about football, MiQuan responded “I have a chance to be on the field with my brothers and go to war with guys I trust week in and week out”. It’s not hard to see the MiQuan has “it”.
written by: Josh Stednitz