San Mateo speedster makes his mark

Playmakers that teams can put on the outside and threaten defenses deep are needed every year by D-1 schools and one of the fastest players in California this year is San Mateo WR Spencer Garrison (5-9, 185). So far his skills have helped him attract recruiting attention from several four-year programs and he spoke recently about the process and what he's working on to become a better receiver.

"It's been fun this summer working with my teammates," Garrison told JCFootball.com recently. "It had been a while since I played wide receiver so I'm working really hard on getting off the line quickly, getting off the jams and just making my routes better and focusing on the ball."

Garrison signed with Arizona State after he finished his senior year of high school at Woodside High School in Woodside, California. The Sun Devils' staff saw fit to move him to defense to take advantage of his amazing quickness and speed, but that didn't really suit Garrison's mentality.

"I can play anywhere a team wants me to play, but that wasn't really the issue," Garrison said. "My passion is for offense and I think I can help a team out more as a wide receiver with the ball in my hands."

Following his redshirt season in Tempe, Garrison started to look at options to play wideout and to also focus on getting back to a D-1 program that could use him effectively on offense.

"San Mateo was just the best place for me," Garrison said. "The coaches are great, they run a good offense and they play in a great conference so I would be going up against some really good competition.

"I don't have any hard feelings toward Arizona State, but it just wasn't for me. I'm glad I'm here and I think I'll have an opportunity to show everyone what I can do at receiver."

Last year, Garrison's first with San Mateo, he posted solid numbers – 27 catches for 400 yards and five touchdowns – but he said he expects to be an even bigger threat this year.

"I feel much more comfortable out there now that I've got some experience," Garrison noted. "I've been working hard on everything this year and I think I'll have a chance to really help our offense.

"I can also return punts and kicks so I really want to be a big-play guy for our team."

At our NorCal combine, Garrison made the All-Combine team by posting a 4.37 forty time, a 32-inch vertical, a 3.99 pro agility (short-shuttle) and benched 185 pounds 21 times as well.

On the recruiting front, Garrison has started to hear from several BCS programs including one he's already familiar with.

"Temple, Kansas State, Texas State, Arizona State, Arizona and Washington State are the main ones right now," Garrison said. "All of them talked to me quite a bit during the spring and they've sent me letters and texts and stuff like that.

"I'm trying to get my tape done so I can show some other teams what I can do. I'm hoping to have that done by the time camp starts, but we'll see what happens. I might have to wait for a couple of games into the season."

Because Garrison was a full-qualifier, he's fine academically and he will be eligible to leave in December. Wherever he ends up he'll have two years to play two.

We'll have more from this talented receiver as we head into the season.

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