DE Mike Garrity Looking to Stay in Midwest

Defensive end Mike Garrity of Batavia, Ill., High School was a Michigan camper last summer. He told that he has the Wolverines high on his list of favorites, and is looking to stay in the Big Ten region.

He didn't take up football until the eighth grade, and Mike Garrity wasn't too fond of the sport in the beginning. "I had a really weird coach the first time I played," he said. "I really hated football, I played soccer all my life until then. But all my friends were playing football so I tried it again. I was getting bigger too, and started killing people, so it became fun."

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive lineman was a quick study in the sport, and was on the varsity team by his sophomore year. As a junior he was named All-Area and All-Conference, and recorded 45 tackles, 12 sacks, and nine tackles for loss.

On the recruiting front, the talented Garrity is still awaiting his first offer. However, he reports strong interest from Big Ten schools. I've been invited to Junior Days at Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Purdue," he said. "I have verbal offers from Illinois, Northern Illinois, and Illinois State."

A Michigan camper last summer, Garrity has the Wolverines high on his list of favorites. "I'd say Michigan, Iowa, and Illinois are my top three because they are showing the most interest," he said. "I went to every U-M game in Ann Arbor except for the Notre Dame game. I don't think I'll go East or West coast for school, I'll stay in the Midwest."

Also stellar in the classroom, Garrity is getting attention from some of the academic heavy hitters as well. "Stanford, Dartmouth, and Harvard are starting to get in contact with me now," he said. "Harvard has invited me to go to their Junior Day. The Stanford coach was out here a little while ago." Garrity reports a 3.4 grade-point average, and said he scored a 27 on a practice ACT. He takes the full ACT on April 8.

Garrity said he would like to major in secondary education, eventually teaching at the high school level. "I'd also like to get into football coaching," he said. "Then someday I'd like to be an athletic director."

The big man is open to playing anywhere, as long as he gets on the field. "I play defensive end now," he said. "Some schools are looking at me for tight end too, but I can play anywhere on the line. Wherever they need me."

Garrity said he is not sure if he'll attend any spring combines, and is looking to return to the Michigan camp this summer. "My coach is highly against me going to any spring combines," he said. "He's told me my name is already out there, and that I risk getting injured. I'm not sure yet if I'll go to any."

He added that he is not sure when he'll make his college choice.

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