Looking for the Bond

Norco (Calif.) offensive lineman Garth Gerhart (6-2, 304, 5.2) said he favors Boston College (offer), Colorado State (offer), Oregon and Stanford—in no order.

Garth Gerhart Profile

"I really like Boston College," Gerhart said. "They offered me about a month ago. They are known as O-line U…the best O-line in the country. They are known for producing great linemen there. I like that they are in the ACC too. I get a lot of mail and e-mails from them. I haven't been there yet, but I'm planning on taking an official visit sometime later this year.

"I really like Colorado State too. I've always liked the area. Colorado is such a beautiful state. They just offered me on April 12. The coaches have sent me a lot of mail and text-messages…they seem really nice. I don't know much about the program yet. I'm going to take an official there for sure too.

"I like Stanford a lot," he said. "I'm really familiar with the campus and the program since my brother goes there. I've met all the coaches and they seem really nice. I haven't talked with them much, but I've gotten some mail from them. My parents would like me to go there.

"Oregon is high on my list too. I've liked them my entire life and would love to play up there. I don't have an offer from them yet, but I'm going to the Stanford Nike combine, so I'm hoping to show them what I can do and then maybe I'll see an offer."

Gerhart, whose brother (star running back Toby Gerhart) was a top signee for Stanford this year, also has offers from New Mexico State and Baylor and is also being recruited by Arizona State.

When asked if having his brother at Stanford would influence his decision, Gerhart responded, "It would be cool to play with my brother. I really would like to play in the Pac-10 so I could play either play with him or against him. I just don't know if I'm tall enough for the Pac-10. In the end, the conference or distance really won't be a part of my decision…just what school I fit into the best will be."

Gerhart also plans on attending the Scout.com combine at UCLA on May 7. "I think I have good feet and a good punch. That's what all the colleges have told me. I need to work on my pass blocking. At Norco it's all about the run, so I know wherever I go I'm going to have to sharpen the pass part of my game, especially in the Pac-10.

"It's really important to get along with the other recruits. You must have a good bond with your teammates because they're going to be your family for the next four years of your life."

Final junior (13-1) stats: 130 pancakes (average 10 per game)

Bench: 315/Squat: 565/Power Clean: 295

Gerhart reports a 3.8 core GPA/June first-time SAT.

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