Garnett One Of West's Elite OL

Puyallup (Wash.) offensive tackle Joshua Garnett is racking up offers and UCLA is in on him and he plans to be in Westwood during the spring...

Puyallup (Wash.) offensive tackle Joshua Garnett (6-5, 280), is one of the premier offensive linemen in a talented crop out West.

Garnett is up to eight offers, with USC and Boise State recently joining a group that includes Cal, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, UCLA and Oregon.

"A lot more of the national schools want to see my highlight film, but I've been hearing from Michigan and Ohio State so I'm finishing up my highlight tape," said Garnett.

Garnett said he's receiving mail in loads on a daily basis, no surprise for a player who got his first couple of offers as a freshman.

"I remember in the 8th grade going to some camps, and thinking ‘these guys were so good'. I went up against some guys at UCLA and at USC's camp, like Jackson Jeffcoat, and now he's starting at Texas," said Garnett. "I look back and I think it really helped me do what I need to do and to go against guys like that I had to work hard and I'm still working hard."

Garnett was looking at defensive end as a possible destination early in his career, but offensive tackle is where his future is, and he's focusing on that.

"Most schools are looking at me as a left tackle," said Garnett. "I realized that being an elite defensive end was a rare breed and figured out that I can be a lot more successful because of my footwork and that being a left tackle would be beneficial. I'm not the biggest guy or the tallest guy, but I definitely work on my footwork and my hand placement and I can differentiate myself with my strength and speed. My dad and I's goal was to look like a defensive end, act like a defensive end but play offensive tackle. I'm not going to be one of those guys that is big-bellied."

Garnett said he's working out five days a week, and is squatting over 500 points and benching nearly 400 pounds.

"I think with one more year under my belt getting bigger, I can be ready to come in and play as a true freshman," said Garnett.

Garnett said he's got no leader at this juncture in his recruitment.

"I'm pretty wide open," said Garnett. "All the schools that have offered have given me something different and they all have something that can benefit me. I'm open to go anywhere national. It will come down to whichever schools offer me the most as a football player and as a student. I can pretty much go anywhere."

Garnett is planning to hit up numerous schools in the weeks and months ahead.

"In a few weeks, I'm going to Stanford's Junior Day and then Cal's Junior Day, and then we'll make a trip down to Los Angeles again to visit UCLA and USC. We make a trip down there every year to visit my dad's family so we'll be by the campuses," said Garnett. "And then I'll be going to Washington and Oregon's Junior Days and then the Nike Camps at Oregon State and Washington."

Garnett is not in a rush to make a decision.

"I'll decide after the season," said Garnett. "There are a lot of coaching changes so if I get a good relationship with a line coach, and he ends up leaving, I don't want to be changing my commitment, so I want to know which coaches are staying where. I'll probably decide closer to Signing Day and I'll take all five trips."

Academically, Garnett has a 3.85 GPA and will take the SAT in May and June.

"I want to be a surgeon so I'll want to take some premed classes," said Garnett. "I'm looking into chemistry and biology, a place with good science programs."


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