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Garner keeping his options open

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After finishing an incredible season at Olney (Md.) Our Lady Of Good Counsel, defensive back Kirk Garner's pride in his team is very evident. Now that his junior season is complete, Garner is looking forward to hitting the road once again to visit some schools.
"We're all a piece of the puzzle and we came together to finish an undefeated season," he said. "I'm very happy we could do that. I was very proud to be part of a top five team in the nation."
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback is receiving a ton of interest from across the country and holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida State, Maryland, Navy, NC State, Ohio, Purdue, Virginia, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
As far as his favorites go, Garner isn't naming names yet.
"I really don't want to name any of them," he explained. "I'm just starting the process and I want to stay open to all offers."
Garner is taking many different factors into account before making his decision.
"I need to feel comfortable to be able to perform in the classroom and on the field," said Garner. "The facilities, academics, the team and the coaching staff. I need to feel comfortable with all of that. My family likes to come see me play, so I want them to be able to do that."
Good Counsel has churned out BCS caliber players for years now. Some of Good Counsel's high profile players in the 2012 recruiting class are wide receiver Stefon Diggs and running back Wes Brown. Garner really enjoys being able to look up to and compete against great players from his school.
"Playing with those players was a great experience," he said. "We are all competitors so we all make ourselves better by trying to beat each other. "
Garner has already been to Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland to see games.
"Going to those schools for the games was fun, but I didn't get to explore the facilities or go on a tour," he explained. "I really just stopped by to see the games."
Garner is still trying to determine which schools he is going to visit and which combines he will attend in the coming months.
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