Minnesota Defensive End Has ASU in his Sights

Matt Garin has several offers extending from coast to coast. However, just a few schools have caught his attention as much as the Sun Devils did. The Eastview High School star plays a hybrid defensive end/linebacker role and his junior campaign performance caused Arizona State to inquire about him very early on in the recruiting process.

"Arizona State has been recruiting me since March and they offered me a scholarship in April," said Garin. "(ASU's Defensive Coordinator) Coach Bray is recruiting me and he's a great guy. I know for a fact that Arizona State is a good program, because you can tell on T.V. how fast and aggressive they play."

Speed is an attribute that also defines the 6-2 227 Matt Garin. "My quickness and agility help me drop in coverage and play that hybrid position," he noted. "I have a motor that never stops and I have good change of direction and game intelligence."

"I know I have to get stronger and I want to get to 235 lbs. by the time my senior year starts. I know I'll have to add weight later on when I go to college."

Garin tallied 90 total tackles, 22 of them for a loss and ten sacks. He was a big part of his school's 11-2 record last season. His efforts landed him on the All-State 2nd team.

Other than the Devils, Washington State, Oregon State, Stanford. Air Force, West Virginia, Boise State, and Minnesota all extended offers. "I have no favorites right now," said Garin. "I'm trying to check out as many schools as possible. I already (unofficially) visited Colorado, Washington State and Minnesota. I plan to visit Arizona State this weekend and West Virginia at the end of the month. I still need to talk to the coaches about that."

Luckily for Garin distance won't be an issue in his recruitment. "It doesn't matter to me if I drive four hours or fly four hours to get somewhere," he explained. "My mother works for the airlines so my all family flies for free and travels a lot anyway."

The defensive end initially wanted to make a decision before the end of summer, but with the heavy interest he‘s receiving he acknowledged that his verbal commitment is likely not to take place before the end of his season. He didn't schedule any official visits, but felt confident that Arizona State would receive one later this year "especially if things go well on my unofficial visit," he stated.

True to the proverbial Midwestern values, Garin has a specific criterias he will look for in a college before committing. "I don't buy into the hype that some schools out there show you," he said. "More than anything I look for the team chemistry between the coaches and the players, how a coach works with his players and develops them. The overall environment of the school is important too."

With a 3.49 GPA and a 23 ACT score Garin is well on his way to academically qualify.

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