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 Scout.com 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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