ScoutTV: Garth Gerhart

Toby Gerhart did not run for 3,233 yards this past fall without help from a talented offensive line. At the center of the front five was younger brother Garth Gerhart. The All-State offensive lineman is now the focus of a busy recruitment. To understand why, we have nearly 14 minutes of highlights from his 2005 season. Grab some syrup because there are a load of pancakes to digest in these clips.

6'2" for an offensive lineman will give some college coaches pause, but Garth Gerhart plays center - the one position where a more compact frame can be an asset.  More important is the way Gerhart plays the game.  In these nearly 14 minutes of highlights from his junior season at Norco (Calif.) High School, the First Team All-State Underclass performer shows his quickness off the ball.  Most high school centers snap the ball in one motion and then fire into their block in another motion, but Gerhart has the ability to start his block the moment he snaps the ball.  He reaches linebackers in the blink of an eye, and he powers defensive linemen off the line of scrimmage.

"Garth has a workmanlike approach to the way he plays - nothing fancy, just gets out and engages the defender to allow for his running backs to get through the holes untouched," says Southern California recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman.  "He's technically sound, which may be his biggest strength.  He doesn't get beat, and can both run and pass block very well.  The offensive line version of his brother Toby, a blue collar type."

Garth Gerhart Scout Profile

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Garth Gerhart highlights (part I)
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