Matt Garin Picks Up Eighth Scholarship Offer

Matt Garin, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end from Apple Valley (MN) Eastview who attended the Minnesota spring game Friday night, has added another Pac-10 offer Monday night. Garin has picked up eight Division I offers and could soon land a Big Ten offer. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Matt and his father, Dave, to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Matt Garin was named Associated Press second-team after leading the Lightning to the Prep Bowl semifinals and an 11-2 mark. Garin was the team's leading tackler from the defensive end position.

Garin's father, Dave, played high school football at Bloomington Kennedy. He played at St. Thomas University, Normandale Community College and UNLV.

Matt Garin has scholarship offers from Washington State, Oregon State, Air Force, Stanford, Western Michigan, Colorado and most recently Arizona State. He is getting interest from Minnesota, Michigan State, Boise State, Indiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. Matt felt that Boise State and Indiana were close to extending a scholarship offer.

Garin attended juniors days at Minnesota and Northern Illinois. He plans to attend the Nike Combine in Palo Alto next month and will visit the Stanford campus. He hopes to visit Colorado and Air Force at the end of May and Arizona State in June.

His father previously told GoldenSports.Net that Garin was starting to schedule one-day football camps this summer, such as Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. However, they have decided to only attend non-contact camps to "keep him from getting hurt," and focusing on camps that feature footwork.

Garin plays on the Eastview lacrosse team that is off to a 4-1 start and faces rival Eagan Wednesday.

Eastview has produced Gopher players John Shevlin, Ryan Ruckdashel and Jason Meinke.

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