Garrett is ready to break out in 2013

A wideout looking for a breakout season in 2013 is North Dakota State College of Science's Claude Garrett (6-3, 215). The talented receiver has been hard at work this summer perfecting his craft and hopes to see recruiting pick up over the next few months...

Garrett was a standout at Thornton Fractional North in Calumet City, Illinois, but he admits he had too many off-the-field distractions that kept him from qualifying for a scholarship, so he decided to head to NDSCS to get his academics in order while continuing his football career.

"I just needed to get away and get out on my own," Garrett told "This place just seemed like it was perfect for me becuase I liked the staff here and also felt like I could just focus on school and football instead of all the outside stuff."

As a freshman in 2012, Garrett took a back seat to three sophomores who got most of the reps at receiver, but he still managed to haul in 23 receptions for a team-leading 447 and five touchdowns.

"I can run any route my team needs me to run," Garrett said matter-of-factly. "I mean, I can run intermediate routes, go down the field because I have 4.4 speed and I'm big so I can use my body to go up and get the ball when it's a jump ball."

Recruiting has been steady for Garrett so far this spring, but he said he's still waiting on that first offer.

"The schools I've heard the most from are Kentucky, Illinois, Boise State, New Mexico State, Akron and Toledo but none of them have offered me yet," Garrett said. "My coaches think I will have offers soon, but they said just to keep working and be patient and that's sorta the approach I am taking to it all. I can't control what the schools do, but I can keep working to get better and it will fall into place eventually."

As far as making a decision, Garrett said he will be looking at a couple things when he wants to make a commitment.

"I'll be looking at the depth chart, the offense they run and also just the overall program and the school and how good the program is that I want to study," Garrett said. "I have to find a place that I feel can get me ready for life after football, but also a school where I feel like I can fit in with the staff and the players and that I think fits me best. It's just the overall feel I get when I take my visits."

Garrett is on pace to graduate in May of 2014 and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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