5-star OG Garnett Still Sorting Through Trips

Five-star offensive guard Joshua Garnett of Puyallup (Wash.) High is focused on the star of his season, but official visits are also in the making. Several schools stand a very good chance to land one, but is Notre Dame in the mix to host Garnett?

The nation's No.1-rated offensive guard is yet to set up his official visit list, but Puyallup (Wash.) High coach Gary Jeffers has an understanding of where 6-foot-5, 280-pound Joshua Garnett may head.

Jeffers said Garnett's academic prowess and desire to mix the classroom with a high level of football is the model for several schools on Garnett's list.

"He's a very good academic kid, that's going to play a role in it," Jeffers said. "And I know with Notre Dame being the academic institution that it is, and Stanford being the institution that it is, and Michigan … those are the schools that are in the fold. I really do believe academics are going to play a role."

Puyallup opens the season Sept. 1 against Spanaway Lake, and plays Sept. 9 at Federal Way. Garnett is thinking about making an official visit to Michigan for the Wolverines' Sept. 10 game against Notre Dame.

However, Jeffers said Garnett has not trimmed his list or decided which schools will receive official visits, although UCLA, USC and several other Pac-12 teams are possible.

"The last I spoke with him about that, it was pretty much an open venue," Jeffers said. "What we talked about was he was going to try and take a couple of those trips off the west coast, to places he normally wouldn't be able to visit, and try to get an assessment of where it is a fit."

However, at this time Garnett is focused on preparing for the season.

Puyallup High is holding its fourth double session of training camp today, and trying to ready for next week's opener.

"He looks great. I'm glad he's on my side," Jeffers said. "He's done a very, very nice job. If there is every a moment he thinks he is getting a little (happy) with himself, I just remind everyone he is a 17-year-old kid who is having everybody in America telling him he's great.

"I try to help him as much as I can, but he and his family have done a great job of navigating this recruiting thing."

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