West's top defensive lineman, Haskell Garrett, talks about USC visit

The No. 22 player in the 2017 class is impressed by his first visit to the USC campus and defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze.

Four-star Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman defensive tackle Haskell Garrett committed to Ohio State earlier this month, but he’s keeping his options open.

”I take these other visits to schools to see what is out there just in case,” Garrett said. “I want to make sure that I’m 100 percent in. I haven’t visited any other schools and I want to give schools that chance instead of just committing and looking at one school. They might offer something better than the other school. 

“I just want to make sure I’m making the right decision. Just being open. I love Ohio State and I’m still committed there, but I’m still going to look at other schools and do a little investigation at this point. It’s not really getting offers at this point, it’s making sure.”

The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder took one of those visits this weekend, joining several of his Bishop Gorman teammates for USC’s Elite Trojan Day on Saturday prior to the Nike Opening Los Angeles Regional. It was Garrett’s first trip to USC and he came away impressed, calling it a “great experience.”


Along with getting to bond with his teammates, he got the opportunity to check out the USC campus and put some faces with names of the Trojans’ new coaching staff.

“The coaches were awesome. They had a lot of energy,” Garrett said. “That’s why I can’t wait to get to the next level and experience that and what they prepare you on and off the field for life and life development. That’s what I love about USC.”

He was particularly fond of new USC defensive line coach because of Udeze’s refusal to accept mediocrity.

“He doesn’t settle for average. He wants to be above average,” Garrett said. “That’s what I love. I took a lot out of what he had to say to me. I soaked it up like a sponge. 

“He was telling me how to be great. Not good, but great. That’s what I love about all his speeches.  Everything he said was about being above average. You don’t want to be average like everybody else. You want to go above and beyond to become better than everybody.”

He said USC will remain a potential option because of the Trojan Family — the connections and education the school provides during and after a football player’s career. 

“It’s a really, really, really strong family and a really hard tradition,” Garrett said. “If you want to pursue your dreams, the family puts you on the right path and they’ll help you out because you are a Trojan.


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