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Banner, Garnett to play together

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Joshua Garnett and Zach Banner are such good friends that the two four-star offensive tackles have made it no secret they would strongly consider playing together in college.
Both have recently narrowed down their lists and some schools made the cut for both Garnett, from Puyallup, Wash., and Banner, out of Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes, so that's good news for some coaching staffs especially since both are such outstanding prospects.
Rivals.com rates Garnett, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect, as the fifth-best offensive tackle and Banner, a 6-foot-9, 310-pound recruit, No. 7 at the position.
Both talked after the recent Seattle NIKE Camp that playing together is a serious possibility.
"I'm ranked a little higher than Zach but when we go out in public people are like, 'Is that Zach Banner?'" Garnett said. "People will see the athleticism I have and how I plant guys on the ground.
"We're definitely going to be looking at the same schools. We're good friends so we're definitely going to look at the same schools. We have great chemistry together."
Banner said "heck yeah" when asked if he and Garnett will consider some of the same programs and by the look of their lists it came together that way.
Garnett has narrowed his choices to Stanford, Cal, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Auburn, Nebraska, Oregon, USC, UCLA and Washington.
Banner is down to Cal, Washington, Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama, LSU, USC, Florida State and Oklahoma.
To play together in college would be a humongous pick-up for one coaching staff since both are such talented recruits. Garnett was definitely better at the Seattle NIKE Camp but then Banner looked really sharp weeks later at the B2G Elite Camp.
Either way, both are great players with huge upside.
"Not only are me and Josh best friends, if it was a defensive end, someone playing across from me, then it would be pure battle," Banner said.
"Not only do we play the same position, we work out together, we're really good friends, we're getting recruited by the same coaches. We're definitely looking at the same schools."
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