Though Kevin Garrett (6-0, 200, 4.5) from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne plays middle linebacker for the Gauchos, but he more than likely will project as a hard hitting strong safety or an outside linebacker on the collegiate level.
Though he was playing out of position as a middle linebacker, Garrett still was so dominating that he was selected the very tough Marine League’s Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. He was also selected first-team all-area.
Garrett racked up 109 tackles, 57 of them were solo. He also had thirteen sacks, four picks, three fumble recoveries and he scored three defensive scores. Two of his picks and one fumble were returned for scores.
As impressive as his stats are probably the one that stands out the most is his 42 tackles for losses. That number comes from Narbonne assistant coach Craig Armstrong.
“Our defense is built around Kevin,” Armstrong said. “He’s the quarterback of our defense.”
“Kevin is a very intelligent football player,” Armstrong said. “He sees things out there on the football field and he’s very lucid in explaining to the coaches what’s going on.”
“Kevin is like a coach on the field,” Armstrong said. “He is beyond his years in the football knowledge. His intelligence will be a definite asset for him on the next level. Kevin’s smarts are going to help him get on the field before a guy who may have more size.”
“Another thing that Kevin has going for him is he’s tough as nails,” Armstrong said. “He is the hardest hitter on the team.”
“The Marine League is no joke,” Armstrong said. “For him to be selected League Defensive MVP as a junior says it all.”
“Kevin is the real deal,” Armstrong said. “He’s a throwback of the hardnosed football players of years gone by.”
UNLV is close to making an offer to Garrett. He is also getting a lot of recruiting attention from San Diego State, San Jose State, Colorado State and Kansas.
Look for Garrett to be on video very soon.