A player to watch in years to come is Waukesha (WI) South sophomore defensive end T.J. Garrity. The son of Tom Garrity, who played for Michigan in the late 70’s and early 80’s, T.J. has grown up a fan of the Wolverines all his life.
However, living in Wisconsin has also created a soft spot in him for the Badgers. This past weekend he took his first recruiting visit to Madison with teammates Tyler Knigge and Gabe Rasmussen and walked away feeling amazed by everything Wisconsin had to offer.
“It went amazing,” Garrity told BadgerNation. “We watched practice and I mainly focused on the defensive line, watching what they were doing and learning from their technique. After watching for an hour or so of practice, all of us recruits got a tour of the weight room and nutrition area, both of which really impressed me. We then went back on the field to watch the scrimmage and finished by going to the academic center of Camp Randall, getting a campus tour by bus and talking to position coaches and Ben Strickland, all of which was very awesome.
“I talked to (Defensive line coach) Inoke Breckterfield. He asked me questions about my school and my team and made sure I was going to the camp in the summer. He was focusing on Tyler (Biadasz) and Jasion (Brogan), so I got a little bit of time to talk to him. He’s a great guy and has a very high football I.Q.”
The 6-4, 220-pound defensive lineman saw his interest rise with the home town Badgers after the completion of his time spent in Madison.
“I am very interested, but Wisconsin is the first FBS school I’ve visited, so it’s way too early to say anything,” said Garrity. “I’m going to take my recruitment slow and enjoy it. I’ve only gotten a few emails from schools such as North Dakota State and Northern Iowa.”
Garrity was shown how important it is to take care of your body, especially at the next level with Wisconsin’s state-of-the-art nutrition area and its strength and conditioning program, which caught his attention immensely.
“(What stood out was) how much Wisconsin emphasizes nutrition and being heathy,” said Garrity. “Wisconsin’s strength and conditioning program is very successful for that reason and the healthy weight they put on their players is tremendous.”