So Cal Center Down to Two

Norco (Calif.) center Garth Gerhart will be visiting Hawaii this weekend. Yet, he's committed to Colorado and is seriously considering ASU. He visited the Sun Devils last weekend, and reported the latest on his recruiting to Devils Digest.

"It was a good visit," said the 6-2 205 Garth Gerhart. "The players were real nice. I was hosted by Michael Pollak." The Norco center was offered a scholarship a week ago by Arizona State. He verbaled Colorado back in August and states that: "My decision will be between ASU and Colorado…it doesn't really matter to me which school is closer to home."

Norco finished the year at 12-2 and won the C.I.F. championship in their division. "I need to improve on my pass blocking, because we didn't do it that much at my school," he said. "Run blocking is strength of mine. As a center I have good field vision and I am a leader on the team." ranks the center as the 7th best in the nation at his position.

At Norco Gerhart played with another coveted offensive line prospect Adam Tello, who was committed to Colorado, and much like the center re-opened his recruitment. Both linemen visited ASU last weekend, and together they will make the long trek to Hawaii in what should be the last official visit for both. These events naturally beg the question if the two are the proverbial package deal? "It would be cool if we both went to the same school," he admitted. "But in the end each of us is gonna do what's best for him. If we do end up in the same school that would be great." He added that he and Tello usually don't talk that much about recruiting because "we're already crazy from the process (smile)."

On Wednesday night, ASU head Coach Dennis Erickson, together with coaches Yarber and Cozzetto visited Gerhart at home hours after some Colorado coaches did the same. Needless to say that the coaches from both of those schools paid a visit to the aforementioned Tello that evening as well.

The timetable for Gerhart's decision will likely be dependent on his next round of in-home visits. "(ASU OL) Coach Smith is going to visit me next week, and a coach from Colorado is coming too," he noted. "I guess I'll probably decide after those (in-home) visits."

The Norco center is academically qualified.

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