Matt Garin Adds Another Top Scholarship Offer

Matt Garin, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end from Apple Valley (MN) Eastview who recently picked up a scholarship offer from the Gophers, has added a offer from West Virginia, according to Matt's father, Dave. Garin has picked up 11 Division I offers to date, a list that will continue to grow. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Dave to learn the latest on his son's 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, Arizona State, Minnesota and Boise State and most recently West Virginia. He is getting interest from Mississippi and Indiana.

Dave said that his son was thrilled about the recent offer from Minnesota.

"He was waiting for that (offer) and was excited about that," Dave said.

Dave admits that Minnesota is the clear favorite for his son's services.

"There is no doubt that he is leaning that way and if push come to shove ... "

Dave thinks his son will make a decision earlier than expected.

"We will check out a few schools, but I really don't think that we are going to too many camps. We had planned on deciding by the end of the summer, but I think that it will be sooner than that.

Garin attended junior 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 also plays on the Eastview lacrosse team that defeated Henry Sibley 18-1 in the first round of the Section 3 playoffs and Prior Lake 10-5 in the section semifinals Wednesday night. They face Eagan in the section finals and are ranked second in the state.

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

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