Florida DB Has High Interest in Rutgers

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) defensive back Khambrel Garland holds a few offers, and believes more schools will come his way once tape of his first few games circulate. Among the schools to visit him in the spring was Rutgers, which also happens to be a program Garland grew up following closely. Find out inside which program Garland said he wanted to play for while growing up.

Khambrel Garland already has a few offers, but he is hoping the visibility of national power St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and a strong first month of the season means more attention and offers.

Garland, a 6-foot-1, 198-pound cornerback, holds offers from Louisville, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan, was also hearing from Rutgers, a school he holds close to his heart. He added he does not hold an offer from the Scarlet Knights.

"We went up there for a camp during my freshman year and I liked the school, and I always watch them on t.v.," Garland said. "I like the way they play. I like the way they run their defense and the way they fly to the ball. Ever since I was a kid, even before I got in high school, I wanted to play for Rutgers."

Garland played well in St. Thomas Aquinas' season-opening 31-3 win at Skyline High (Dallas), and he is hoping to build upon that performance. He is playing cornerback for the Raiders, but is projected to play safety in college.

His plan is to take his first four games and send DVDs to schools in hopes of showing them his level of improvement.

"Every game I have to show off and play to my ability," Garland said. "A lot of people think I can do that, and (Monday) I did that. If I can continue doing that, then I think I can get a lot more offers."

Garland did not make any visits during the summer, which also slowed his recruitment, and he does not have a leader among the schools to offer.

"I haven't been to the schools and had a chance to visit," he said, "but I like all the coaches from them."

In addition to having an interest in Rutgers, Garland is hoping to garner attention from the Big 12 and Big Ten. He believes his style of play would fit well in both leagues.

"The Big Ten is a running conference, a power conference," Garland said. "If I went to the Big Ten, I could play strong safety there because I love tackling. As for the Big 12, that's more of a passing league, and I'm really good at zone coverage, so I feel I fit just right in the Big 12, too."

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