Garrison Is One to Watch

Maryland is searching for its class of 2015 tight end, and one intriguing name that's recently emerged is Lawrence Academy's (Groton, Mass.) Chris Garrison. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound three-star recruit currently holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Syracuse, but said schools such as Maryland, Vanderbilt, Duke and Iowa are showing interest.

Maryland is searching for its class of 2015 tight end, and one intriguing name that's recently emerged is Lawrence Academy's (Groton, Mass.) Chris Garrison. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound three-star recruit currently holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Syracuse, but said schools such as Maryland, Vanderbilt, Duke and Iowa are showing interest.

For the Terps' purposes, assistant Keith Dudzinski spoke to Garrison in late March and let him know the offensive staff was in the process of evaluating him.

"Maryland has been pretty interested, but they're kind of going back and forth because I'm not 6-foot-5, 250 pounds like a traditional tight end," Garrison said. "I'm more of a hybrid tight end/H-back, and they're more looking for a true tight end. I was telling [Dudzinski] I don't plan on getting much bigger [weight wise] in college, and I don't plan on approaching 250 pounds.

"But Coach Keith said he's still talking to the offensive coaches about me, and they'll possibly still be recruiting me as an H-back since they like how I catch the ball and my athleticism. [Dudzinski] said he'll get back to me shortly about what the staff is thinking."

If Maryland were to make a push, Garrison said he's be receptive. He's never been to College Park, Md., before, but would likely stop by the campus when he takes a southern swing later this offseason.

"If Maryland comes through I'd definitely give them a look. I'm going to be staying in contact with them and seeing what they see their interest level is," Garrison said. "I know Vernon Davis came out of there, and they're going to the Big Ten, so that's something they have going for them.

"And I do like Coach Keith. He's a funny guy and he was real honest with me. He was very straightforward about what they were looking for and I appreciated that. We got along real well."

If Garrison's recruiting stays status quo, however, he could be Boston College bound, though he hesitated to call the Eagles -- or any team for that matter -- a "favorite." Even so, the Lawrence Academy product did have high praise for his hometown school.

"BC is like an hour from my house so I've been there quite a bit. I went to junior day and a spring practice just recently," said Garrison, who wants to major in business administration. "Coach [Steve] Addazio is really down to earth, I know all the coaches well there, and BC is an awesome academic school. The goal of course is to get to the NFL, but that doesn't always happen, so a BC degree would be great to come away with. Plus it's close to home, so BC has a lot going for it and it's definitely up there."

Garrison just recently returned from an Iowa visit, and the Hawkeyes will likely offer in short order. The tight end said the staff is currently meeting about him and indicated the verbal would be on the table.

"Iowa was sweet. It's Big Ten football, the coaches are awesome, they were excited about me, they have some nice facilities and they're building a new facility that'll be ready in July," Garrison said. "I also got a tour of the business school and that was very nice too. It's a nice option for me."

Garrison has also visited Penn State, but he doesn't think the Nittany Lions will be recruiting him. He said the staff has been in touch, but since PSU just landed a tight end an offer probably isn't likely.

Next up he plans to hit Connecticut's junior day and may try to get out to Syracuse as well. The Orange, though, offered him as an outside linebacker, and Garrison wasn't especially keen on playing defense in college.

Later on, Garrison would like to make it down to Duke, Vanderbilt and possibly Maryland should it show increased interest.

"The thing with me is I'm a wide receiver, and I was All-New England at receiver, but in college I probably don't run fast enough to play that position," Garrison said. "So a lot of schools want to see me in person, and see how well I might hold up as a tight end or H-back. Once I visit some of these places, though, the coaches indicated they would offer, so we'll see what happens."

As for a decision date, Garrison doesn't have a set timetable. He could pull the trigger at some point this summer or wait to see what develops after the fall.

"I have some time to make up my mind," he said. "I don't want to rush anything. I want to find the right system, and the school that just feels right."

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