Marino lands offer from dream school

Mission Viejo (Calif.) defensive end Garrett Marino was one of the biggest sleepers to emerge this past season. The defensive end camped with Arizona State over the summer and calling the Sun Devils his dream school.

Garrett Marino was a part time starter as a junior but blew up this past season. He gained around 30 pounds, increased his speed and athleticism and is arguably the strongest player in the state maxing out on the bench at 450 pounds and repping 185 pounds 42 times.

"I camped with Arizona State in the summer and loved the place," Marino said. "I was the DL MVP at the camp but most of the year, I was only hearing from some Div II schools. I think some colleges were afraid of my academics but I improved and ASU came through in the end.

"ASU has always been my dream school, that was my No. 1 choice since the summer. My family has a condo there and I've always loved the state of Arizona. I have a cousin who went to ASU and it's just an awesome school. I'm going to take my visit there (Jan. 11) and if everything works out well for me, I'm planning to commit on that visit. I would be going from a Diablo to a Sun Devil, it was just meant to be."

Marino picked up the scholarship offer from ASU earlier today.

"I talked with Coach Graham today and I really like him a lot," Marino said. "Coach Graham is a good guy and a great coach and when he offered me a scholarship, man I was so excited. I had an official visit set to Cincinnati but I told him I won't be taking it because I want to go to Arizona State. This is really like a dream come true for me and I can't wait for my visit to get out there and hopefully make my decision."

Marino had his coming out party in a game against Redlands East Valley (Calif.) and highly touted USC defensive end Kylie Fitts early in the year. Marino racked up five quarterback sacks, forced three fumbles and was easily the best player on the field. He carried that momentum all season long finishing the year with 14 sacks and was the runner up for Orange County Defensive Player of the Year.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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