Cougs in top 5 for standout defender

KEVIN GARRETT, a 6-foot, 200-pound safety/linebacker from Harbor City, Calif., doesn't have a leader but is leaning toward Washington State, Oregon, Arizona, Utah and San Jose State. All have offered.

The youngster from Narbonne High says, "This whole process is going to be a family decision. All these teams are the same because I need more time to do a background search on them. I'm not going to go with whose who got the winning record right now. I need to see what these schools have to offer in both football and academics."

He adds, "I don't know too much about Washington State. The LBs make some great plays there, though. The LBs there are generally my size too. They have a great defense that makes plays overall as well." He will be taking an official visit to Pullman, but doesn't have the date set as of yet.

"Arizona is a program that is under construction -- they are a rebuilding team. I like their attacking defense and how they use the LB. They are actually recruiting me as a rover. It's close to home and I've got some family members that live in Tempe. I wouldn't mind going there.

"Oregon's LB coach (Don) Pellum told me he wants me there as an impact player right away. They have a great winning program. They have three open spots at LB, and if I were to go there it would be my chance to play as a true frosh. I'd probably like to redshirt my first year just to get used to the program and gain some more weight.

"Utah just offered me today (10/10) and they are a top ten team in the nation. I really haven't heard much about them until this year. I was really impressed with their defense against Texas A&M. They will be pretty weak at the LB position after this year and coach (Urban) Meyer wants me to go in their and be an impact player.

"I haven't seen San Jose State play to be honest. They are close to home and I've got some family that lives in San Francisco. They've had a shaky program the past couple years…other than that I don't know too much about them."

Garrett has no other offers.

He says he will officially visit Washington State, Oregon, Arizona and Utah, but no dates are set.

Five game (4-1) stats: 58 tackles/30 TFL/2 sacks/3 FR-1 TD/1 FC

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