Garrett fares well on big stage

Is Chandler Garrett the next great Oklahoma high school quarterback? Too early to say, but the sophomore is showing great poise.

EDMOND, Okla. – It's way too early to say last week was the present of Oklahoma high school football quarterbacks against the future, but it sure felt like it.

On one hand, you had Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen, a member of the Scout 300 and committed to Oklahoma.

On the other, you had Mustang (Okla.) High sophomore quarterback Chandler Garrett. A name not on the radar at all heading into the season.

Hansen got the best of Garrett as Edmond Santa Fe won 26-14, but the seeds have been planted for Garrett to become a name to watch going forward. Hansen was 16-of-24 for 208 yards with a touchdown. He also rushed for 68 yards and the other three scores.

"I think we're coming along real well right now," Hansen said. "The chemistry is being developed with each game. We're getting stronger as the season progresses."

For his part, Garrett was 27-of-34 for 304 yards with two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions, but he showed the ability to make big-time throws in the pocket and when he rolled out.

Garrett, already a legit 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, said he enjoyed the challenge although he wished the result could have been different.

"Playing against Justice, he's so good. I was excited," Garrett said. "We have a lot of things we need to work on. I have a lot of things I need to work on, but every game is helping me get to where I want to be."

Garrett has been groomed by notable quarterback developer Joe Dickinson and DeBartolo Sports University. Not many schools are contacting Garrett right now, which is understandable since he wasn't even a starter two weeks ago.

But if Garrett continues to show the poise he displayed against a quality Edmond Santa Fe team, it won't be long. And we might really look back at this game as the present vs. the future.

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