The in-state crop of defensive tackles for the class of 2008 isn't particularly deep but one player that is receiving his share of college interest is DT Anthony Garner from Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City, NC.
On film, Garner is a disruptive force that creates havoc in opposing backfields. Although he may not have prototypical size for a defensive tackle, he more than makes up for it with a non-stop motor and tremendous work ethic.
This past weekend, the rising senior was a standout at the Shrine Bowl combine held at Ragsdale High School. He measured in at 6-1, 295 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.28-seconds. Garner also recorded 24 reps of 185 pounds. He told Pack Pride that making the Shrine Bowl team is one of his top personal goals for the upcoming year.
"I really want to make the Shrine Bowl team," said Garner. "Every since last year, all my friends were talking about it and my coach was telling me how big it is to make it. So I'm trying to make it if I can."
Another goal of Garners is to land that elusive first scholarship offer. It would appear that two ACC foes are giving serious consideration to do just that.
"Right now, I'm mostly hearing from NC State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and I'm still getting some letters from Carolina," he said.
"Virginia Tech has been coming on hard and they seem like they may be close to offering. State told me to come to camp this summer and they might offer if I do good."
The Hokies and Pack also find themselves at the top of Garner's collegiate wish-list with NC State apparently leading the way.
"My top schools are State and then Virginia Tech and from there on, I'm not really sure," he said. "But State's out front. I want to go there because I really like the coaches and we get along good. They told me they like my feet. They want me to do good at camp and they might offer. Coach Archer is the guy that is recruiting me."
Garner plans to camp this summer at NC State, Virginia Tech and UNC.
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