Garrett Embry, a 6-1.5 208 pound athlete out of Roswell, Georgia, has opened up eyes of coaches across the country with his play on both sides of the football. The versatile Embry can line up at wide receiver and make tacklers miss, or he can line up at safety and make big hit after big hit. Embry currently holds offers from Akron, Central Florida, Air Force, and Baylor. Embry has made two visits so far, and he discusses each visit.
"Central Florida is a great school. It's a program that's up and coming, definitely. Coach O'Leary and his staff are great. With the record they had last year, and the players they recruited this year, I think they can definitely be a top program. The academics are okay, so we will have to see where it goes from there."
UCF offered Embry as an athlete, and told Embry that the determination as to where he will play on the field will be decided when he gets there.
Embry's visit to Baylor University was his best visit so far according to the talented athlete, as Baylor has offered Embry a scholarship to play wide receiver.
"My visit to Baylor was great. I am not going to say that they are my favorite, but just so far, that's the best visit I've had. I got to spend a lot of time with players they have already offered and already committed. They just talked about the atmosphere. I got to talk with the academic coordinator, and sit down and see where I will be. I spent most of my time in the classrooms and whatnot, and it was just a good overall tour of the campus. I guess it was smaller, so you can spend more time with your coach and really get to talk to him and get to know him a lot better than you would at a bigger school that has 150 kids at their junior day. It is real small, real family-oriented, and some of the best academics in the country. It was definitely a great visit."
Embry brings a lot to the field when he is on it, and believes his maturity has helped him become a better football player.
"I defintely think my maturity on the field helps, just being calm and relaxed during a game and not getting rattled like a lot of players do. At safety, my recovery speed and being able to read the offense are my best characteristics on the field. I just play hard and play fast."
So which does Embry prefer; offense or defense?
"I love hitting; but at the same time I like not getting hit and making somebody else miss. It's always fun, I can make a hit, and then go to the other side and make somebody look bad."
The biggest factors that Embry will use to determine which school he decides to attend are a family-oriented atmosphere and academics.
"I am definitely looking for a family-oriented atmosphere. Academics is definitely a big deal. Location is not as much of a big deal just because if I go visit a place and I really like it and I think it is family oriented, you know, they are calling my parents and letting them know what is going on, being able to hold a conversation with my parents, and not just looking at me the whole time, that's one thing I am noticing, and that's a big deal."
Embry has plans to make several camps at several schools this summer, and explains that while he would like to make his commitment before the season starts he has yet to narrow his list, although he plans on doing so shortly.
"I'm still very open, very open. I am hearing from a lot of schools. There are a lot of people waiting on spring training to see if they are going to offer or not, and waiting on camps and stuff like that. My goal is to make my decision before the season starts, and get that out of the way. I will put together my top 5 after spring training, and that's definitely going to happen."
Embry explains that his current goal is to get his team back to the state championship and win back to back state titles for a coaching staff at Roswell High School in Georgia that he describes as very "close-knit."
Recently, Embry was clocked at a 4.66 40, and explains that his time at the Scout.com combine in San Antonio was definitely affected by the weather.
"In San Antonio, it was freezing cold. We had already gone through one-on-one's, we had a bad headwind, it just wasn't very good conditions at all."
Embry explains that he has recently been timed at a 4.03 shuttle, and has increased his vertical leap to 38 inches.
With a busy schedule ahead for Garrett Embry, he will look to soon narrow his list of schools to 5. Stay tuned to Scout.com for all the latest coverage of Georgia prep star Garrett Embry.
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