Matt Garin to Make Official Visit This Week

Matt Garin, a 6-foot-4, 223-pound senior defensive end from Apple Valley (MN) Eastview who has a scholarship offer from Minnesota, will take his official visit to Minnesota this weekend, according to his father, Dave. Garin led Eastview to a 7-4 mark, losing to crosstown rival Rosemount in the Class 5A Section 3 finals. caught up with Dave to learn the latest on his son.

Matt Garin led Eastview to a 7-4 mark this season, defeating Bloomington Kennedy and Apple Valley in the Section 3 playoffs before falling to Rosemount.

Garin was named Associated Press second-team last season 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.

Dave said that Matt will make his official visit this weekend after having talked about visiting on Dec. 14 with friend and Minnesota commit Moses Alipate.

"He is getting close to a decision. He wants to meet some of the players and see how things go," Dave said.

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

Garin told GoldenSports.Net that he was still trying to work on his remaining visits after making an official to Colorado earlier this fall.

"UCLA wants me to come out to the USC game. West Virginia wants to come next weekend (they face Cincinnati) or I could go to Minnesota for their game against Michigan. I might take my official with Moses (Alipate) in December," he said.

However, it is possible that those visits will be unnecessary, if the visit goes well this weekend.

Garin played defensive end for the Lightning and also contributed to their short-yardage package.

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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