Garnett preparing for busy final three weeks

New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine defensive tackle Courtney Garnett discusses his interest in Oregon and how his final three trips will factor into his decision.

Courtney Garnett wants to play for a National Championship. That's just one of the things that will factor into the final decision for the 6-foot-2, 283-pound defensive tackle from New Orleans. Oklahoma, Oregon and Tennessee are all vying for the former Texas commit's services, and each will receive a visit from him in the coming weeks.

First up is a trip to Norman this weekend to visit the Sooners, and the man who has been recruiting him nonstop, defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.

"Even with me committed to Texas, they hung around and recruited me," Garnett said. "I feel as though I have a great relationship with Coach Montgomery and I feel like there's trust there. I feel like their program, after the upset of Alabama, is going in a great direction."

Indeed, the Sooners are riding high right now, but Garnett said he wants to take all three trips before making a decision. He is scheduled to visit Tennessee next weekend and Oregon the weekend before National Signing Day.

During his visits, he will be looking at a common thread of factors that will play a part in his decision.

"Everything is the same with every school," Garnett said. "First, academics, because I promised my mother I'd get a degree, so academics will be number one. Then, being able to be comfortable where I'm at, being out there. I know (Oregon) is not that close to New Orleans. Then there's trust and being able to know that I'm in a program where I can go on to the next level."

Despite the distance between New Orleans and Eugene, Garnett said distance won't play a factor in his decision. He initially received his Oregon offer from offensive coordinator Scott Frost earlier this month. He got a chance to talk with defensive line coach Ron Aiken shortly thereafter.

"(Frost) contacted me on Twitter and then he gave me a call and we talked," Garnett said. "I talked to Coach Aiken the next day and I set up the visit. He is coming to see me tomorrow morning."

Garnett said that the coaches like his upside and attitude, as well as his ability to "take on blocks". Even though the offer came late in the process, Garnett said his interest in Oregon is very high.

"They're going to be number one or top five in the country next year in the rankings," Garnett said. "It's a great atmosphere, a great school, I'm just excited about it."

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