Garrett Porter: Hoping for Big Senior Season

Permian offensive lineman Garrett Porter put together an outstanding junior year on his way to earning All-State honors and shortly after the season concluded, he committed to play football for the Texas Longhorns. With the recruiting process out of the way, Porter has spent his summer improving his game and preparing for his senior season.

While the majority of college football recruits have been visiting various schools throughout the summer, Permian offensive tackle Garrett Porter has been working hard to improve upon an outstanding junior season.

"We have workouts from eight to ten every morning," Porter said. "I usually work out from about eight o'clock to 10:45."

Porter usually puts in a little bit extra after work outs as well by putting in time running. According to the Permian star, the spring and summer months have improved the versatility in his hips, his leverage when blocking and his power.

Despite a busy summer, Porter did make time to stop by Austin earlier this summer for camp. He didn't make it for UT's first camp with the remainder of the 2009 class, but he did get to talk with several members of Texas' coaching staff.

"It was nice," Porter said when asked about the trip to Austin. "I got to talk to the coaches a little bit, but it wasn't like chatting it up at junior day or anything like that."

Despite not being able to take in camp with the remainder of the 2009 class, Porter still keeps in touch with several of his future teammates.

"Oh yeah, we text each other," Porter said when asked if he kept in touch with the members of Texas' 2009 class. "I talk to Mason (Walters), Paden (Kelley), pretty much all the o-line guys and Garrett Gilbert."

Porter has high expectations for himself when he gets to Austin next year, but first he has to finish his high school football career and he has already set some big goals.

"Personally, I want to repeat my First Team All-State performance," Porter said. "As a team, I would like to make it past the third round of the playoffs."

Permian has made it to the third round in each of the last two seasons before losing to eventual state champions Euless Trinity and Southlake Carroll. The Panthers finished 12-1 last season but could be even better in 2008.

"I think we're going to be better," Porter said. "Our o-line is definitely going to be better. We have some pretty big dudes.'

Porter is planning on making a couple of trips to Austin this fall on gameday.

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