Family Has Rutgers In Mix For Texas QB

A new name on the class of 2012 recruiting landscape is The Oakridge School (Arlington, Texas) quarterback Calvin Garrett. He has roots in New Jersey, where his father and uncle starred on the college gridiron and are now running the Dallas Cowboys. Garrett spoke to about his recruitment, his love of New Jersey and how his now famous family helps him out on the field.

Where is a kid who plays football in Arlington, Texas, has impressive family lineage and is being recruiting by a pass-happy program like SMU, interested in playing college ball?

Yup. Rutgers.

"It's close to a lot of my family, and I love New Jersey," The Oakridge School class of 2012 quarterback Calvin Garrett said. "Every summer I look forward to it. We go up on vacation for about a month. I've been up to the campus once. Two years ago I was going to go to the Rutgers camp, and once I got there they said I needed a physical, so I wasn't able to do the camp."

He will likely be back this summer to show what he can do.

Here's a quick history lesson to tie Garrett to New Jersey, and a window into his football intelligence.

His father, Judd, was a running back at Princeton. His uncle, Jason, was the Tigers' quarterback.

Yes, the same Jason Garrett now coaching the Dallas Cowboys, and the same Judd Garret who is the director of pro scouting for the Cowboys.

Garrett is receiving interest from Clemson, SMU, Florida State, Holy Cross and Bucknell, where former Rutgers and Princeton assistant Joe Susan is the head coach. He recently sent his abbreviated junior season highlight tape to a number of schools, including Rutgers.

But could Garrett really see himself as a Scarlet Knight?

"Oh, definitely," he said. "A bunch of my family lives in the area about 45 minutes away from the campus in Monmouth Beach."

The reason the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Garrett isn't getting more interest is his junior season.

There wasn't much time to evaluate him because he broke the collarbone of his no-throwing shoulder in the third game.

At that point, Oakridge was 2-1 and Garrett completed 33 of 56 passes for 532 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. He returned for spot duty in the season finale against Episcopal (Dallas), but attempted only three passes.

"The only one I've heard back from (about) film is SMU," Garrett said. "I was asking if I had the ability to be a quarterback at that level. They said I did. They said I had a quick release, strong arm, and was accurate.

"They said they weren't concerned about me getting hurt, especially since I was going to have a senior year. They said I have to do well in one of their one-day camps."

SMU's offense, under coach June Jones, fits the style Garrett ran at Oakridge, and what he ran as a freshman and sophomore at Carroll High (Southlake, Texas).

However, Garrett doesn't think he should be pigeon-holed as a shot-gun slingin' quarterback.

"Up until I moved (to Texas from St. Louis), I was under center for five years," he said. "Whenever I work out in the summer on my own, I always do stuff under center."

He also gets some pointers from the family.

"Uncle Jason, he comes over about once a week just to hang out and see what's going on and we always go in the backyard and throw and he helps me out," Garrett said. "Usually, in the summer, we'll be in New Jersey for about a month and we'll work out just about every day.

"My dad and I will draw up defenses and go over things. He doesn't like to help me with throwing mechanics. He says I throw the ball fine, but he helps me with my footwork."

Garrett is planning to attend the U.S. Army all-American underclassmen combine in San Antonio, and may attend the Elite 11 regional camp in Dallas.

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