Garmon Talks Top Five

After mulling through his list of 26 scholarship offers the past few months, Greg Garmon has decided to focus on five schools.

"My top five right now is North Carolina, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and West Virginia," Garmon said. "I came up with that, by the coaching staffs. I have a good relationship with all the coaches – all the running back coaches – at those coaches. I talk to all the coaches almost every day at my top five schools and we've built a strong relationship."

Specifically with UNC, Garmon, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back from Erie (Pa.) McDowell, speaks equally to Allen Mogridge, his primary recruiter, and John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator.

"Sometimes, we talk about sports and stuff," Garmon said. "Most of the time, we just talk about other things like life in general and just trying to build a relationship. Instead of talking about football all the time, we talk about things that are going on."

At one point, UNC was Garmon's leader. He now says everything is equal among his top five schools.

Of his top five, Garmon has visited UNC and West Virginia. He plans to visit all five over the summer.

"[During my summer visits], I want to see the academic standpoint of those schools, what the schools have to offer with starting and playing as a true freshman, seeing how many ‘backs are in front of me if I were to go to the school, and the offense," Garmon said.

In addition to his relationship with the coaching staff, academics, and playing time, Garmon says proximity to his family will influence his collegiate decision.

"I don't think distance would be a factor," Garmon said. "But at the same time, how much contact I have with my family [and] how many games my family will be able to come to will be kind of a factor."

Garmon is unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment, but says not to expect a decision until after the summer.

In the meantime, Garmon says changes to his top five schools list could occur.

"Of the schools that aren't in my top five, I have some ‘maybes' and I have some ‘nos,'" Garmon said. "My top five could change if more schools came along or if a school offers more with playing time."

With his top five constructed, Garmon's main focus now is his track season, which has regional and state tracks meets on the horizon. He participates in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes, and 4x100 and 4x400 relays for McDowell's track team. His personal best times include 10.8 seconds in the 100, 21.8 seconds in the 200, and 49.4 seconds in the 400.

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