Though Kevin Garrett (5-10, 200, 4.55) Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne was timed in the forty at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp in the 4.9 range, his coaches claim he runs in the 4.5 to 4.6 range. Either 4.9 or 4.5, Garrett has seen his stock rise of late as his offers are up to four.
“Recruiting is going good right now,” Garrett said. “Arizona said that they were sending me an offer and that it should be here in a couple days.”
“Right now my top five are Arizona, LSU, Oregon, UCLA and Washington State,” Garrett said. “Really my top three are Arizona, LSU and Oregon.”
“I have four offers now from Arizona, Oregon, Washington State and San Jose State,” Garrett said. “Oregon, Arizona and probably Washington State are recruiting me the hardest right now.”
Garrett plays middle linebacker on the high school level but make no mistake about it, he will play safety on the collegiate level.
Even though Garrett played out of position as a middle linebacker, 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.
Garrett is already a qualifier with a 2.8 GPA and a 900 SAT.
In an earlier interview with Armstrong he said this about his talented athlete, “Our defense is built around Kevin. 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.””