In shallow year for elite defensive tackles, the Longhorns grabbed one of their top in-state targets in Trey Lealaimatafao about a week ago, then closed on a big-time out-of-state talent in the 6-foot-2, 283-pound Garnett from New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine. Texas defensive tackles coach Bo Davis, who knows a thing or two about canvassing SEC territory for nasty defensive linemen, was Garnett's primary recruiter.
"Coach Davis just said he liked the way that I played … very aggressive," Garnett said. "He knows that I'm a run stopper."
Garnett should continue to excel in that role as he gets stronger. He maxed out a month ago at 305 pounds in the bench press, but he expects that number to shoot up before he arrives at Texas.
"I'm going to try to get that way up," Garnett said.
Garnett said he may even put in work off the field on a team of his. The Longhorns have also offered slick St. Augustine cornerback Jermaine Roberts, who would be an outstanding addition to a strong Texas secondary group.
"Maybe, or maybe not," Garnett said, laughing, about pestering Roberts to join him. "I might just let him do his own thing."
Garnett's "own thing" means taking his game to the 40 Acres in the future, with him picking the Longhorns over offers from several big-time programs, including Red River Rival Oklahoma.
"I'm 100 percent committed to Texas."