ANOTHER VERBAL: A Tough one, with a capital T

CHECKING IN AT 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, Oregon State has landed another big body, this time from the state of Arizona. According to his prep coach, the Beavers landed a star both on and off the field in Geoff Garner. Great feet, leadership qualities and some serious toughness are among the qualities he'll bring with him to Corvallis, as BF.C found out in talking with Mesa High coach Dennis Parker, who says the Beavs got a steal in Garner, and then some.

Garner will be signing with OSU come Wednesday morning.

"He's going to Oregon State," said Parker. "He's a great kid. He's 6-6, 280. For two years he's been a great players for us."

Parker said Garner doesn't just possess a tremendous work ethic, he's just plain old tough.

"I'll tell you a key piece of information; he never missed a practice in two years -- and he played the last three games with a stress fracture in his foot," said Parker. "He not only played, he practiced. Every day. Never once whined about it or moaned about it. He just went to work -- every day."

GARNER EARNED ALL-REGION honors the last two years at Mesa due in no small part to a great pair of feet. Off the field, he was just as valuable a presence in the locker room.

"Like I told the guys at Oregon State who recruited him, he's a full grown man," said Parker. "Not only physically, but mentally too. He's not "a kid". He cares about other people and he's just going to be a great leader for them...He has great feet. I'm sure that's why everyone was recruiting him."

A THREE SPORT standout in football, baseball and basketball, Parker said Garner's dedication to the game of football never suffered despite other responsibilities to the two sports.

"He played three sports but he stayed with us for the offseason so he could work out -- he's a special kid," said Parker. "He handled recruiting just like he handles everything else. He looked at Arizona State and Arizona, but he looked at where he was going to fit in best. He didn't get caught up in the hype."

Complete stats were unavailable at press time but Parker estimated Garner caught 33 balls for 400-plus yards his senior season as a tight end. Garner likely projects at offensive lineman for the Beavs and to that end, he never graded out below 80 percent blocking this season -- and Parker grades them tough.

Geoff Garner profile

This information will again be made available after Signing Day on, and BF.C will be checking in later this spring to bring you all the measurables on Mesa High's top prospects for the 2007 class.

What: Mesa High College Day
When: May 11, 5 p.m.
Who: College coaches, and for "anyone that wants to come look at our kids."

"We weigh 'em, we measure 'em, we time 'em in the 40 and we do some 7 on 7," said Parker. "We'll have a barbecue for the coaches and for anyone who wants to come look at our kids.

"We'll have every kid out there and they can watch them get weighed and then they don't have to take my word for anything," Parker chuckled. "We'll also have video available on all our kids that will be playing next year. We, should be, awfully good next year."

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