Garrett Gorringe has now long since committed to the Panthers, but Panthersville.com got the chance to sit down with him and hear his thoughts about his recruitment heading into signing day and how he thinks he can contribute to his new team.
One of the more interesting things about Gorringe is that one of the things that drew him to Georgia State the most is the exact reason that people criticize the Panther program: its urban location.
“I was really just sold on the coaching staff as well as the school itself,” Gorringe Said. “I have always loved the city and felt at home being in the heart of it… Also Coach Curry is an amazing man as well as a great inspiration and role model and someone I look forward to playing for.”
With the Panthers losing three starting offensive linemen to graduation, adding talented players along the trenches was very important for this recruiting cycle. The Panthers experienced a much better run game in 2011 than they had in their inaugural season, but were still pushed around at times by smaller and weaker competition.
Enter Garret Gorringe. The 6 foot 5 and 275 pound prospect prides himself on run blocking and certainly has plenty of size already to be a productive FCS lineman.
“I think that my strengths as a player are my run blocking,” Gorringe said. “I try my hardest to move my man out of the way and then finish him every time I get the chance.”
Gorringe could certainly have the opportunity to play early for the Panthers if he shows he is ready for the level of competition. But he is not banking on being handed anything.
“As with all sports, you have to earn what you get,” commented Gorringe. “So I will definitely work as hard as possible to earn a spot as early as they see fit but I'm not sure yet where and when I will be able to contribute to the team.”
Garrett was one of three players that Georgia State targeted from Grayson. The other two were Sebastian Rice, who was committed to the Panthers up until the last few days or so, and Fred Zerblis. Rice has committed to play for Furman while Zerblis will decide between Middle Tenessee State and Colorado State, both of which play at the FBS level.