Garnett Wraps Up Summer Trips

Puyallup (Wash.) five-star guard Joshua Garnett talks about his final unofficial visits of the summer, to the two Los Angeles schools...

Puyallup (Wash.) offensive guard Joshua Garnett (6-5, 290), the five-star guard ranked #1 at his position nationally by, took in his final unofficial visits of the summer last weekend, going to Southern California, where his father is originally from, and visited USC and UCLA.

"Los Angeles was nice and the schools were really nice," said Garnett. "They were a lot nicer than what I thought before. The last time I was down there was in the ninth grade and I never really saw the campus. I just saw the football facilities."

Garnett got to take full tours of both schools, something he'd been eager to do and had not been able to before.

"We went to UCLA first," said Garnett. "I spent a lot of time with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and pretty much all the coaches. Every single guy was showing out UCLA to me. UCLA was the first school to offer me. They want me to play a little bit of both (guard and tackle), whichever one I look more effective at. They'll start me as a tackle, but could move me into guard. I talked with Coach (Bob) Palcic for a long time."

Following the trip to Westwood came a trip to Troy, where Garnett visited USC.

"I went down to their practice and they were in helmets but still blowing people off the ball," said Garnett. "I didn't realize how many athletes USC had on their line. They have guys that are like 365 pounds and they still jump 27.5 inches. The defensive tackles aren't fat guys. It's ridiculous to see the athleticism they have in the trenches. They want me as an offensive tackle. So I spent a lot of time with Coach (James) Cregg and just seeing the kind of system he runs. I also talked with Coach (Lane) Kiffin about the system, and how it's going to be different from last year and just how the players are a lot stronger."

Garnett has yet to set up an official visit, but said he'd likely return to Los Angeles for at least one of his official trips.

"I'll be going to Michigan for sure, potentially for the Notre Dame game, and then I'll be going to Miami when I'm in Florida for the UnderArmour game," said Garnett. "I think I could take an official visit back down to Los Angeles down there to one of those schools. I'd like to see a game down there."

Garnett said he'd likely not visit Washington officially, because of its proximity to home, but plans to be in Seattle before the summer concludes.

"I'll probably go up to Washington for one of their practices, but that will be the extent of my visits for the summer," said Garnett. "We start practice on Wednesday. So I won't be going to Oregon or California to see Cal and Stanford anymore until the season."

Garnett said that he's taken care of some early requirements with Stanford, a school he's strongly considering.

"I'm definitely still considering Stanford," said Garnett. "I just finished my application and sent in my early application. I finished the admissions process on my end."

Garnett, who will play on both sides of the ball, is eager for his senior year.

"Just like last year, I'll be playing both ways," said Garnett. "I'll play both sides iron man the whole time, even some outside linebacker. We have some packages where I'll play outside linebacker some. We had a practice in the spring where I was playing outside linebacker and had two sacks, using blitzes and my first step. They don't run too many tosses to my side now"

Garnett said he's got an estimated time frame when he wants to decide.

"I'll announce closer to Signing Day," said Garnett. "I'll probably do it at my school."

Brandon is in his seventh year with, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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