Garnett may delay decision

Notre Dame defensive tackle prospect and Oklahoma commit Courtney Garnett talks about how his official visit to Notre Dame and a conversation with defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder could prompt him to switch his pledge.

Notre Dame hosted defensive tackle target and Oklahoma commit Courtney Garnett of New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine on an official visit over the weekend, and the Irish made an impression.

So much of an impression, Garnett may not sign come Feb. 5, 2014.

I don't know right now," Garnett said, when asked how firm of a pledge he is to Oklahoma. "I'm still thinking. This is a really big decision, and I'm taking it slow."

With Signing Day only three days away, is "taking it slow" a viable option?

"Well, I am thinking about pushing back things," Garnett said. "I may not sign on National Signing Day."

Garnett was hosted by Romeo Okwara and Isaac Rochell on his official to Notre Dame.

"On Friday, I met a few academic people, and we ate dinner at Legends," Garnett said. "On Saturday, I did so much I can't remember it all. I took in a team workout, went to the basketball game and met Coach Kelly."

Garnett said one of the highlights of his visit was a conversation with the newly hired Irish defensive coordinator.

"On Sunday, I had a long meeting with [defensive coordinator] Coach (Brian) VanGorder," Garnett said. "It was intense. He was trying to get in my head, but in a good way. He was explaining to me his NFL background and his way of doing things. Basically, he was saying how much Notre Dame needs me and how much of a priority I am right now."

"Hearing how much they need me feels good, but Notre Dame sells itself, honestly," Garnett said. "It's about the academics, the No. 1 business school in the nation. That's a fact."

When Garnett landed back in New Orleans, he spoke with Coach Bob Stoops on the phone.

"He asked me how the visit went and where my thoughts are right now," Garnett said. "I was honest. I don't know what I'm going to do."

One caveat that may hinder the Irish's chances could be Garnett's parents, who did not make the trip to South Bend with Garnett.

"My parents want me at Oklahoma," Garnett said. "But, it's my decision. I have a lot of thinking to do." Top Stories