Are Irish a Factor with OL Garnett?

Puyallup (Wash.) High's Joshua Garnett is Scout.com's top-rated guard in the 2012 class, and he holds a bundle of offers. Notre Dame visited him twice this spring, and IrishEyes.com has the latest on his recruitment.

Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Denbrock visited Scout.com's top-rated guard in the 2012 class twice during the spring evaluation period, and Puyallup (Wash.) High's Joshua Garnett continues to return the interest in the Irish.

Garnett's father told IrishEyes.com his son continues to look at Notre Dame, and Puyallup coach Gary Jeffers echoed the sentiment.

"How do you not have some level of genuine interest when Notre Dame comes calling?" Jeffers said. "Josh is a strong academic kid as well, and the prestige of that university certainly holds some weight for him.

"I think he's probably eliminated some of the schools that you wouldn't think he is going to go to, but when you start talking about Auburn or Notre Dame or Oregon or Stanford or the University of Washington, I think he's still processing his options."

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Garnett is the 24th-rated prospect in Scout.com's 2012 class, and is No. 1 among guards.

However, it doesn't mean all schools are recruiting Garnett, who plays tackle at Puyallup High, as an interior offensive lineman.

"For the most part, people are talking to him about playing tackle," Jeffers said. "I've had some good talks with coaches who do like guys in the 6-5 range at tackle instead of guys that are 6-8 guys, just from a leverage standpoint. I think some of the schools have him projected as a guard, but most of them are at tackle."

However, it looks like it will be a while before Garnett makes a decision.

"I don't think that Josh will be an early commit, and my sense from Josh is that he wants to go see some of these places," Jeffers said. "I think that he will probably use the trips that he will have available to him in the fall. I think he does have genuine interest in places outside of the Pac-10, but I don't think he feels like he's going to be able to make a prudent decision until he sees those campuses and meet those guys.

"I would suspect some of those bigger schools that are not on the West Coast will be the places he takes those trips to."


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