Nation's Top Guard "Very" Interested In Irish

Scout.com's top-rated guard in the 2012 class, Joshua Garnett, spoke to IrishEyes.com about his recruiting, his interest in Notre Dame and a timetable for making a decision. The Puyallup (Wash.) High star said he had a "very large interest" in Notre Dame, and talked about whether he would make an official visit. He also had plenty more to say about the Irish.

The nation's No. 1 offensive guard said he has a "very large interest" interest in Notre Dame, he researched the school's science program and added South Bend, Ind., is on his list of places he wants to officially visit.

Puyallup (Wash.) High's Joshua Garnett spoke to IrishEyes.com about his recruitment, and added while the Irish are recruiting him to play tackle, he is actually being recruited to play three positions by a large number of schools.

"I have a very large interest in Notre Dame, not only because of the football program, but also the academic prestige the university holds around the world," Garnett said. "I have never been there before but I want to take an official visit there when I'm able to.

"I haven't talked about an official visit yet (with Notre Dame), but it's definitely one of the places I want to be at (for a visit)."

Garnett already took unofficial visits to Oregon, Washington, California and Stanford, and plans on checking out plenty of other campuses during the summer.

And while location will not play a factor in his decision, it certainly won't be a football-only choice.

"Academics definitely play a key role in it because I know football doesn't last forever," Garnett said. "So, I'm going to need to go to the highest, (most) prestigious schools I can, and I need to find out what school as the best sports medicine/pre-med program.

"I want to be able to talk to the people who are the athletic trainers, the head sports medicine and science people and get a feel for what they're about."

Does Garnett know much about Notre Dame's academic programs?

"I definitely did a lot of research on their science program," he said. "Whenever you go in the United States in the world there are a lot of Notre Dame fans, and Notre Dame alumni are everywhere, and the Notre Dame degree holds a lot of weight in any job field that you want to go."

Another key aspect of Garnett's decision will be how a program uses its offensive linemen.

"I'm definitely looking for a school that utilizes their offensive lineman, and looking at schools that does a lot of run blocking, but has a good mixture of run-pass, like Notre Dame does.

"I'm looking for a school that has the built offensive linemen, and not the fat guys. Kind of like Army offensive line guys, lean and slender and also very powerful, as you can tell, but none of them are fat guys."

Position is another part of Garnett's decision-making process, and he will have his choices.

"Most schools on the east coast, and where Notre Dame is at, are all looking at me at tackle," Garnett said. "A lot of west coast schools are looking at me as a guard, and tons of schools are looking at me as a defensive lineman. I think I can play any of those three positions."

Garnett, who will play in the Under Armour All-America Game, doesn't plan on making a decision until late in the process.


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