OU trip worth journey for Garnett

There was no way Courtney Garnett was going to miss his official visit to Oklahoma even if it meant he had to drive the 20-hour roundtrip journey.

Nothing was going to keep New Orleans St. Augustine defensive tackle Courtney Garnett from getting to Oklahoma. Even if it meant him and his father were going to have to drive the 10-hour trip.

Garnett was scheduled to fly out Friday morning for his official visit to Norman, but he had a visit from Oregon at his school make him miss his flight. But he wasn't going to miss the OU trip so him and his father drove all the way there Friday and all the way back Sunday along with his mother.

Twenty hours on the road but well worth it, said Garnett, who arrived at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning and got home at 10 p.m. Sunday night.

"It was great," Garnett said. "My mom fell in love with Coach Stoops. Coach Stoops was around the whole time. It was great to have all that time with him."

Going into the trip Garnett said it was important for his parents to feel comfortable and they both did after spending the weekend with Bob Stoops and Jerry Montgomery.

The stage was set for a commitment. The opportunity was there. The parents had given Garnett, a three-star defensive lineman, the blessing. But it will have to wait.

"I don't want to make a decision that fast," Garnett said. "At the end before we left, we had a 30-minute conversation with Stoops with my mom and dad. There was like a moment where I could have said it, but I just want to see what else is out there."

Garnett has scheduled an official visit to Tennessee next weekend, but he's not sure if he'll see Oregon or Tennessee first. His goal is to see both of them and then make his decision. It could be on signing day, or it could be earlier if he's 100 percent comfortable.

OU isn't out of the picture with the visit being done, either. He said Montgomery is set for an in-home visit Monday and Stoops will come in the next couple of weeks.

His parents weren't the only ones waiting for the pledge. His teammate, three-star offensive tackle Joseph Paul, committed to OU last week and was also on his official visit.

"He was like, ‘you might as well do it, too,' and get it over with," Garnett said. "It was a great feeling, and I was very comfortable."

Garnett said one of the highlights of the trip was seeing Headington Hall, OU's newest residence hall that Stoops has required his players to live their first two years on campus. They took a tour of quarterback Trevor Knight's room, and Garnett said it was really impressive and surprisingly very clean.

Garnett was committed to Texas since the spring before decommitting a couple of weeks ago. The Sooners offered Garnett back in the spring and never stopped pursuing and checking up on him to see how things were going. He said it was great to be hosted by defensive end Charles Tapper.

His three choices are all in different parts of the country and three different BCS conferences. There is no wrong choice.

"No matter where I go, I'm going to grow up," Garnett said. "I can't go wrong. I'm going to be able to get away and grow. Distance isn't a factor."

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