After leading his Grizzlies to their ninth consecutive state championship game, Garrett Larson’s first step in preparing himself to play at Boise State was to have hip surgery on January 22 that could keep him sidelined anywhere between 3-5 months.
“It went well, no complications,” said Larson, who verbally committed on last year’s National Signing Day and will officially sign his letter of intent on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Fruitland. “Now it’s on to recovery.”
Larson (6’4”, 270) first started feeling pain in his hip while lifting during the season, most intensely during squats. It got to the point where he could only go about halfway down. It may be good enough for some, but Larson is a full-squat kind of guy.
“I went to the doctor and they said I had a bone spur on my femoral head on the left side,” said Larson, who thought could potentially have torn his labrum as well, but found it intact when they went in for the surgery. “If it was just that, I probably wouldn’t have had the surgery.”
Being tough is easy for Larson, who never saw a defensive tackle he didn’t want to punish. Even before the surgery, Larson was working out consistently. Still squatting, still striving for greater strength.
“I can still squat as long as I keep my knee right in line with my hip, but once I go wider than it, there’s pain,” he said prior to the surgery. But there’s no need to push through injury at this point.
Rehabilitation will take time and may test Larson’s patience, but he has no doubt of his ability to return to the same level that saw him named First-team All-State, First-Team All-Conference on both sides of the ball and Fruitland’s Lineman of the Year. He was also named to Fruitland’s Fatty’s Wall of Fame, which goes to any offensive lineman who can squat over 400 pounds, gets 35 or more pancake blocks and 12 or more varsity starts.
All the accomplishments are rungs on the ladder for Larson, who can’t wait to meet the challenge that Boise presents. No longer will he be the biggest and strongest on the field all the time, which is perfect for someone as competitive as he is.
“It’s not scary at all,” he said. “In high school, I came in as a freshman and got my [butt] kicked by the seniors. Eventually I got better and got to where I am now. I’m looking forward to the competition. I’m pretty excited for it.”
Larson, who’ll report in the fall, still isn’t sure what position he’ll be playing or whether or not he’ll redshirt this season, but isn’t too worried about it either way. He just wants to hurry up and get to Boise.
“Nothing’s been solidified position-wise,” he said. “I’m going to go and just figure it all out when I get there.”Code for Player Cards