Big Man Targeted For '15

Big men are always at a premium, so when this East Texas big man re-opened his recruitment Thursday evening, it was only a matter of hours before his phone was blowing up. One of those calls was from UTSA and an offer came with it.

Standing 6'8" 223lbs, Garrett Thibodeaux is a versatile four man who can be used in a stretch role, or down low in the post. His skill and size landed him the chance to enroll with Air Force and was a direct enrollee already on campus, instead of being shipped off to their Prep Academy.

After some deep thought and serious evaluation, Thibodeaux decided that the military life was just not for him, so he let the academy know he was returning back to his home state. Hours after doing so, he picked up three offers: Drexel, Loyola, and UTSA. Assistant Coach Robert Guster was the first of the staff to reach out.

"Coach Guster tweeted me and said give me a call. I called him, I talked to him, he said we need a four man that can go inside and out. Do everything, stretch the floor, and you're perfect," said Thibodeaux.

Shortly after speaking with Coach Guster, then he received a call from UTSA Head Coach Brooks Thompson.

"He called me, we had about a 45 minute conversation. We talked about the way UTSA plays, he wants to develop a personal relationship, put me out there and play my game. He wanted to give me a chance to do my thing. It was music to my ears," said Thibodeaux.

Before committing to Air Force during the early signing period last fall, Garrett admits to not hearing from UTSA, but now it's a program that he's very interested in, and taking extremely serious.

"I had not heard from UTSA, I didn't know a whole lot of details, I hadn't really looked into them. Before I had gone to Air Force I hadn't had any contact with UTSA. The second I opened up my recruitment, they contacted me. UTSA definitely stood out and they're on top of my list," said Thibodeaux.

Along with his three new offers, the following programs have all reached out and made contact: Arkansas State, Cal St. Fullerton, Tulsa, and Louisiana Tech.

With the fall semester just over a month and a half away, time is of the essence for Thibodeaux, and he's potentially looking to use the next two weeks to make a decision once more. The UTSA Coaching Staff is also wanting him to get down to campus to see the program in person. Garrett quickly confirmed that he's definitely willing to make the 5 and 1/2 hour drive from East Texas to do so.

As a 6'8" big man, his size would be a tremendous boost to the UTSA post. Mix him in with freshmen A.J. Cockrell another 6'8" big, who has also gained 20lbs of muscle (235lbs), Nick Allen, now a legit 6'8", 6'10" sophomore James Ringholt, and 6'10 junior Lucas O'Brien, the depth and size in the post will be there.


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