Notre Dame became the 20th program to offer junior defensive lineman Haskell Garrett.
The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas didn’t celebrate the offer, but he plans to as soon as he finishes his final midterm exam.
“I’m really happy and excited but I can’t really celebrate because this week is finals and I can’t really overwhelm myself with that offer,” Garrett said. “On the backburner, I’m really happy right now and my family is overjoyed, but right now I just have to worry about finishing strong with my schoolwork.”
Garrett learned about the offer from his coach. Then he called Irish assistant Todd Lyght, a former assistant coach at Bishop Gorman, for more information.
“He was just saying their process in recruiting is a little different,” Garrett said. “They do their homework on all their recruits to make sure they have the right guys they want to give an offer to.”
USC was the first to offer the four-star prospect. Texas A&M, Penn State, Oklahoma, UCLA, Washington, Washington State and several others also soon followed.
As a junior, Garrett finished fourth on the team with 53 tackles and posted team highs in tackles for loss (16) and sacks (6). He also deflected four passes and rushed five times for seven yards and three touchdowns.
Despite his success in finding the end zone, most schools are recruiting Garrett to play along the defensive line.
“There’s a lot that are recruiting me as a defensive tackle or defensive end,” he said. “I think most people are recruiting me as a three-technique. I haven’t really gotten a chance to talk to Notre Dame about it. I just met the D-line coach but I haven’t really had a chance to talk to him about that yet.”
Garrett hopes to visit Notre Dame and several other schools during the off-season.
“I honestly don’t know yet where I’m going,” he said. “I have to talk it over with my family and see where I can visit this off-season.”
With two former teammates in South Bend, Garrett will learn plenty about the Irish before he steps foot on campus.
Irish defensive back Nico Fertitta and tight end Alize Jones both reached out to Garrett after he landed the offer from Notre Dame.
“They were just giving me support and stuff like that and asking me what I think,” Garrett said. “They said they’re not going to pressure me in my decision and just let me choose the best place where I feel happy. They’re happy that I got the offer.”
Garrett also knows of Irish offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley, also a Bishop Gorman product.