USFNation Class of '08 Q&A: Josh Garvin

In less then a month the next USF class will arrive on campus, and OL Josh Garvin of Lake Gibson, one of the Bulls early commits will be one of them. In today's exclusive Class of '08 interview find all about Garvin, what type of a player he is, what team he is most looking forward to playing against, and much, much more. Only on USFNation.com! Get it First, Get it Fast!

Josh Garvin Profile


USFNation.com:  What have you been up to since the season ended?
Josh Garvin: Right now I'm just been getting ready for graduation. Besides that I've been training hard using the strength and conditioning book. I'm getting a lot stronger. Last year I was working a 315 scale on bench, now I'm working a 360 and 300 on incline. On squat I work on the 475 scale.

USFN: What were the main reasons you chose USF?
Garvin: The main reasons I liked about USF was it‘s close to home, and they been doing pretty good the last couple of seasons and winning. I really like d coach Simmonds, the O-line and everything about the program and the school.

USFN: Did you follow the Bulls this season?
Garvin: Oh yeah, I went to every home game except the one played on Friday night, and watched every game I could. I also had been to a few practices this spring.

USFN: Which position are the Bulls recruiting you for, and do you play any other positions?
Garvin: They're told me I'll probably start off at center and then work over to guard. I played mostly right tackle all through high school, but they're telling me more inside. 

USFN: What type of offense do you like to run the most?
Garvin: Probably a zone offense, it's the easiest. To block a man, you just walk up to the line, take a step forward and hit whoever is in front of you.

USFN: Are you better at pass or run blocking?
Garvin: In high school I was a better pass blocker then run blocker. I like run blocking more, but think I was better at pass blocking.

USFN: What type of defense do you like to see when you get to the line?
Garvin: I like to see a 3-3-5. it's the easiest defense to go up against. The way they have the lineman and linebackers it's easier. With a linebacker blitzing every time, after the gap, you pretty much go to the next level against a linebacker or a safety, and light them up. It's pretty easy.

USFN: Do have a favorite play that you like to run?

Garvin: In high school there was this one 55 zone pass play where the quarterback would fake to the running back when he was in motion and then would heave it 50 yards to Leon. It worked every time.   

USFN: What are some of your strengths as a player? 
Garvin: Probably the way I can read defenses, and I know what's going on, a majority of the time that is.

USFN: Are they're any special moves you like to use?

Garvin: I like to punch people in the ribs.

USFN: Is there anything that you would like to work on as a player?
Garvin: I want to work on staying low and bending my hips more. That and continue to get stronger.

USFN: What is your favorite thing to do on the field?
Garvin: Hmm, probably to celebrate after scoring a touchdown.

USFN: What is the perfect play to you?
Garvin: The perfect play would be every defender on his back, and Grothe running for 100 yard touchdown.

USFN: What is your most memorable moment on the field?
Garvin: Last year when we played Kathleen. On a field goal, there was a bad snap, and the quarterback had to scramble and find an open guy. He ran to the right side of the field and I had an angle where he was just running off of my shoulder, and I lit up the guy running behind him. The quarterback ended up running for a touchdown.

USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
Garvin: At tackle I'm real good with my hands, so I guess Jake Long. He's real good with his hands too. Definitely not the same size as him, but technique wise similar.

USFN: What are your current height, weight and 40 yard time?
Garvin: Currently, I'm about 6'5 -
6'4.5 and up to 290 pounds. I'll be around 285-290 when I get to USF, and last time I ran a 40 last year was a 5.2.

USFN: Do you play any other sports?
Garvin: No, not this year, I played basketball my freshmen year. 

USFN: What are you going to do to stay in shape before you get to Campus?
Garvin: I been running the 200 meter, and I got a couple of buddies that are going to Kentucky and we run together sometimes. That and following the book that the USF coaches sent me, trying to get in the best shape possible. 

USFN: Do you have any issues if they ask you to redshirt?
Garvin: No, I have no problems I'll just get stronger and learn the offense better.

USFN: Are you looking forward to playing with Matt Grothe?
Garvin: Yeah I am, and It will be kind of a big deal, because I never got to play with him in my freshmen year.

USFN: What do they plan to accomplish while here at USF?
Garvin: I'd like to become a first team All-Big East, a first team All-American, win a National championship, then get drafted, and have a happy ending.

USFN: What teams are you looking forward to playing against in the next 4 years?
Garvin: Notre Dame, Miami, West Virginia, and FIU because of my buddy James who will be going there.

USFN: When I say USF, what come to your head?
Garvin: The best team in Florida!

USFN: Are you already qualified?
Garvin: Yes I'm already qualified. I've been qualified since before signing day I think.

USFN: I saw you at many practices over the spring, what was that like?
Garvin: It was great watching the team go. It looked so fast at first, but after a couple of practices, I got used to it.

USFN: Are you excited to get to campus?
Garvin: Oh yeah, I'm very excited, can't wait to get over there and get started.

USFN: Is there anything you want to say to USF fans?
Garvin: I'm not going to guarantee anything but we're probably going to win the National Championship in the next four years.



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