Stephen Garr's stock continues to rise

Stephen Garr is yet another top prospect to emerge from Louisville Male. <i>'s</i> Michael McCammon spoke with Garr on Monday to get the latest on the talented two-way athlete.

Despite missing a number of games during his junior season due to a deep thigh bruise, Louisville Male's Stephen Garr is no stranger to college coaches.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete is quickly becoming the next top prospect to emerge from Bob Redman's Male program.

"It's going really well," said Garr of his recruiting. "It has been coming on strong as of late. A lot of schools have called."

A lot is right. Among those that Garr mentioned are Vanderbilt.

To date, Garr, who was recently named to the Tremendous 26, has received one scholarship offer, which came from the hometown Cardinals.

"I was excited when they offered," explained Garr. "It was my first one, so it was real exciting."

While most programs are recruiting Garr at the receiver spot, Louisville has informed him that they'd like to utilize his abilities on the defensive side of the ball.

"Most everyone is recruiting me as a receiver, but U of L has told me that they'd like me as a free safety," Garr said. "It doesn't really matter, I like both, so playing free safety sounds good too."

Garr also told ITV that he recently made a couple unofficial visits to both Louisville and Kentucky to get a better idea of the two programs facilities and campus enviroments.

While some may feel that Louisville, as well as Kentucky, might have an edge due not only to proximity, but also because of friendships with current Cardinals Sergio Spencer and Michael Bush and current Wildcats Keenan Burton and Casey Shumate, that isn't the case.

"I have no favorites right now," Garr continued. "I want to see what all the schools have to offer first and I won't decide until after this coming season."

He's going to have plenty to keep his mind occupied throughout the summer and into the fall.

Garr, along with his track teammates from Male High School will be participating in the upcoming State Championship Meet. Garr will participate in the 4x100, an event that Male is considered among the favorites, as well as in the long-jump, where Garr recently jumped a distance of 22 feet, 5 inches and is also among the favorites.

Following the state track meet, he will travel with Male to the University of Illinois 7-on-7 camp, an event that the Bulldogs have won the last four times they attended.

Soon after, Male will turn its attention to the 2004 high school football season.

"We'll be better than we were last year and we made it the third round of the playoffs," said Garr. "We'll have a good chance of winning state this year."

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