Garrity Hoping to Hear From Michigan

Waukesha (Wisc.) South sophomore defensive end T.J. Garrity discusses his interest in Michigan and more.

Waukesha (Wisc.) South sophomore defensive end T.J. Garrity, son of Tom Garrity, who played for the Wolverines in the late 70’s and early 80’s, has grown a deep passion for the Maize and Blue over the years and hopes to hear from them as his recruitment heats up

“I haven’t heard from Michigan yet,” Garrity told The Michigan Insider. “It sounds like [U-M coach Jim] Harbaugh’s been focused a lot on the 2016 recruits, but I hope to hear from him soon.

“I am very interested. They’re my dream school and I’d do anything to play there. My dad played there and was very successful under Bo. I see a lot of similarities in Bo and Harbaugh and I love how Michigan is going back to their roots with Jim. I’d love to play there someday and have the same kind of success my dad did in his playing days.”

Harbaugh has made many off-season headlines since taking over the job, but Garrity foresees much success ahead for the program under Harbaugh.

“I think he’s going to be a great coach and turn the program around,” said Garrity. “I know he’s been in the news a lot and has been criticized by the media, former players and the fans about how difficult he is to deal with, but none of that really matters to me. My dad knows the Harbaugh family pretty well and I have a lot of respect for them. He’s a great face for the program and I hope he turns things around.”

The 6-4, 225-pound, defensive lineman will be heading to Ann Arbor this fall with his dad in hopes of meeting the new coaching regime.

“My dad’s 1980 team is having a reunion during the weekend of the BYU game and I’m coming along with my dad,” said Garrity. “Hopefully I’ll be able to talk with Coach Harbaugh. I’ve seen the facilities and the campus many times, but I’d love to meet the new coaching staff.”

Currently, Garrity holds no offers, however, he has fielded interested from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa State, New Mexico, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois and Wyoming. That being said, an offer from Michigan would go along way in his recruitment, he says.

"It’d mean so much to me," said Garrity. "Michigan is an extremely prestigious university academically and athletically and having the opportunity to be a Wolverine would mean the world to me. It’d take a lot to make me not commit there."

Garrity plans to attend Minnesota’s camp later this summer.


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