Matt Garin Leads Eastview to 38-7 Victory

Matt Garin, a 6-foot-4, 223-pound senior defensive end from Apple Valley (MN) Eastview who has a scholarship offer from Minnesota, helped lead the Lightning to a 38-7 win over Lake Conference rival Burnsville on the road in their season opener. GoldenSports.Net talked to Garin after the game 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.

Garin has scholarship offers from Washington State, Oregon State, Air Force, Stanford, Western Michigan, Colorado, Arizona State, Minnesota and Boise State and West Virginia.

Both the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Pioneer Press erroneously reported this week that Garin had committed to Minnesota.

"I want to go on my five official visits. I think right now they are going to be West Virginia, UCLA, Arizona State, Minnesota definitely, and I have to decide among the rest," Garin said.

Garin said that his recruitment is still open.

"It is still pretty open right now," he said.

Garin plans to see the Gophers' season opener versus Northern Illinois and hopes to catch as many games as possible.

"I am going to try to go to as many local games as I can," he said. "I don't know when my official is going to be, but I want to make an official visit to the Gophers."

Eastview lost to eventual state champion Eden Prairie in the state semifinals last season and is poised for a big year. The Lightning got off to a good start to the season with a road win over Burnsville.

"Our defense played great tonight," Garin said."We have to work on a few things on our offense. Obviously, our heavy package (nicknamed Hammer Time) that we put in worked pretty well. Last year, we really relied on our defense a lot. This year, we want to get our offense going, so we can do more things with our whole team."

Garin is playing defensive end for the Lightning and is also contributing to their short-yardage package that was very effective Friday night.

Garin said that he likes things about all the schools that are recruiting him.

West Virginia?

"I liked their D-line coach a lot. I really have not gotten to go out there and see them much. They really have a break-out team right now. They are really on the rise right now and I really like that."

UCLA?

"UCLA is also on the rise right now. A lot of people are saying that they are going to be better than USC. They have a really good defense."

Arizona State?

"I really like them, because they said that I will most likely start after my redshirt year. They gave me the lineup and said that we want you here, because we are going to play young and that really made me excited. Some places like UCLA I might not play until I am like a senior."

Minnesota?

"Home state. Staying home and everything. I want to be able to play in the new stadium and stay close to home. It is going to be hard if I don't stay home to leave summer right away and leave all my friends and start something new. I want to make Minnesota good again. I want to be a part of that team when they are on the rise."

Garin had originally planned to commit before the start of the season, but that was delayed when he was not able to check out all the schools on his list this summer. Garin admits that he is glad that he is going to take his official visits before making his college choice.

"Definitely. I also really want to see how the Gophers do this season," he said. "I know that they did not have a good season last season, but I hope that they are going to do really well this year. So I really want to see how they do. It will make it easier to make my decision."

Garin also played on the Eastview lacrosse team that advanced to the state semifinals.

Garin is an excellent student with a 3.49 GPA and a 23 ACT score.

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


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