Imposing Presence

A Virginia offensive lineman that has taken in West Virginia's last two home games found a lot to like in WVU's rally to defeat Louisville.

"I was very impressed with the game," said Richlands (Va.) High School offensive lineman Garrett Arms. "Seeing them down 17, it was great to see them going back. I was there for the Virginia Tech game, so it was good to see they can come back."

The trips were Arms' first two visits to the WVU campus, and he found a number of similarities between the area and his home region.

"The town and school were nice. I like it a lot," he said. I like the setting. It's a lot like my home area, except we don't have the city next to campus like West Virginia does."

Another similarity that Arms likes is the love of the respective fans for football.

"The people there really seem to love the game. That's something I want in college. We only have about 700 students at our high school, but we get 7-8,000 fans at our home games, and many times at away games we have more fans than the home team. I want to have that good fan base in college."

Arms, who plays defensive end and guard for Richlands, believes his college opportunities lie on the offensive side of the ball, and thinks he can play either guard or tackle.

"I pass block well, and I like playing on offense more. I like it when we score, because I like being part of that," he noted.

At six feet, five inches tall and 299 pounds, Arms is an imposing presence on the line, but he also puts that size to use in another sport. Believe it or not, he's a pitcher for the Richlands baseball team, and is likely one of the most imposing presences on the hill in any high school in the U.S. He throws "about 83-84" miles per hour, but probably intimidates as many hitters as Bob Gibson.

Arms is a three year starter who earned All-Southwest District honors as a defensive end in 2003, then tripled that as a junior last year with all-district honors at both guard and end, as well as all-region notice at guard in 2004. He lists West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Marshall as his top four schools, but has not received any offers yet.

"I got there late on Saturday, so I didn't get to talk to Coach Stewart or any of the coaches about where I stand," Arms said. I plan on going back up on Nov. 2 for the Connecticut game."

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