Garnett Sees Oregon As Ideal "Blend"

As dominating as they come on the offensive line, Puyallup (WA) five-star offensive lineman Josh Garnett currently ranks as the top offensive guard in the entire country, according to Though he has family roots in Montlake, Garnett is open to all comers as he stated when he sat down with eDuck after his Junior Day visit to the University of Oregon.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?


How long ago did you receive that offer?

"Last year in the summer."

Which Oregon coach have you been in the most contact with since the recruiting process started for you?

"Definitely coach (Steve) Greatwood, the offensive line coach."

Has he been the only coach you've really been in contact with from Oregon?

"Well, when I'm not on campus, it's mostly coach Greatwood. I got to talk to coach (Chip) Kelly a little bit too."

How was your visit to the Oregon Junior Day?

"It was really good. We got to watch some practice and things like that and I got to talk to some of the players which was really nice to hear from them and see how they like Oregon and why they chose Oregon, so that was really good. It was really nice to walk around the locker room and the facilities. It was really nice."

Was there anything about the visit that stood out to you in particular?

"I'd probably say just talking to the players, in general. Actually seeing them and not just talking to them about football, but just about random things and seeing how they relate to myself and things like that."

How did you feel like you meshed with the team?

"I definitely got along with those guys really well."

Was the Junior Day visit your first time in Eugene?

"No, it was my third time out there."

What are your general impressions of Eugene and the University of Oregon campus as a whole?

"I really like the campus area, especially the athlete academic center which is really nice. You can really tell that Phil Knight has put a lot of money in to it, so it's definitely nice and I really liked the whole feel of the city and everything."

What was it like being able to spend some additional one-on-one time not only with coach Greatwood, but with some of the other coaches as well?

"It was definitely good. It was definitely good to know that a lot of the coaches have been there for 20 plus years and you know they're not gonna be leaving. It was definitely good to talk to those coaches and see what they were all about too."

Was there ever an urge on your part or pressure from the coaching staff for you to commit while on the visit?

"No, not really. They're not really pressuring too much because they know I'll make my decision when I'm ready to do it. They're not really pressuring me at all to make a commitment."

After the visit, did you feel like you were any closer to deciding on when you would like to have a decision made?

"No, not really. I'm still just looking at all the schools. I'm still definitely looking at Oregon, but I'm not really any closer to making a decision."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"Oregon stands high on my list. They've definitely always been up there high. They're a good school, good football program, good academics, so they're high on my list."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I really like the offensive linemen at Oregon a lot, because those guys are really lean and muscular like myself and they're really finesse players, you could say. I model my game similar to them. I'm really down with the footwork that coach Greatwood (preaches), it really blends in with the style of play that I have."

Is there anyone at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after at all?

"Actually, it's funny. Even though I play offensive line, I spend a lot of time looking at defensive line. I like Dwight Freeney and how he's finesse for the d-line, I try to play on the offensive line finesse just like him and use my speed on the offensive line and the power on the offensive line to take out the defensive line like he does, but the opposite."

Have any of the coaches at Oregon specified what position along the offensive line they would like you at?

"Actually, coach Greatwood -- because I'm 6'5'' right now and he's seen how athletic I am -- he says I could play any of the positions that are out there. I'm not being told I can just play tackle, or just play guard, I can really play any of the positions. So definitely, wherever I'm needed at, I could play any of positions because of my athleticism."

Do you have a preference for what you would like to play?

"I think just whatever position I can come in and play earliest (at) would be the one I would want to play at. I just want to help benefit the team."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I'm definitely looking at the offensive linemen they have for next year, what they have on the defensive line too -- because I want to know who I'll be going against -- definitely the coaching staff too -- Are they gonna be there? -- that's a big key for me and mostly the academic part. I'm going in to pre-med, so I want to know what kind of biology/chemistry courses they have and how they rank in the nation."

What are some of the offers that you hold right now from other schools?

"Auburn, Nebraska, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Oregon State, Washington, Washington, Cal, Stanford and that's about it."

Would you say that you have a top list of schools at this point?

"No, not really. I don't really have a top list yet because I'm still looking at all the schools and am definitely going to all the websites and looking at all their academic parts and looking at the pros and cons, so I haven't really made my decision yet about what my top three or four schools would be."

Do you have a timetable for when you will ultimately make a decision?

"Probably sometime closer to Signing Day."

Do you have any plans to go to any camps? Unofficial visits? Junior Days?

"I'm definitely gonna go down to some Nike camps to show my skill-set. I'm definitely gonna go to USC and UCLA because my uncle lives out there in California, so we go out there every summer and I might visit down there."

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