November 30, 2011

Garnett enjoys Ann Arbor

Puyallup (Wash.) offensive lineman Joshua Garnett was expecting to enjoy his trip to Michigan for the Ohio State game. However, he wasn't expecting to be blown away. Luckily for the Wolverines, the visit exceeded his expectations.

The product on the field was just as good. Michigan knocked off Ohio State 40-34 in a thrilling addition to college football's greatest rivalry. Seeing how many players return for Michigan next year - and what it means for the program's success going forward - was an exciting prospect.

The coaching staff brought home that point in their recruiting pitch to Garnett. They also pointed out that starters David Molk and Mark Huyge depart after 2011, leaving some openings on the offensive line.

Academics will also play a big role in Garnett's eventual decision. Though the 6-5, 275-pound prospect is known as a dominating run blocker - enough for to rank him the No. 7 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 28 prospect regardless of position - he also is focused on his studies. That has helped Michigan and Stanford move to the forefront of his recruitment.

Since Michigan and Stanford both offer what Garnett wants on the field and in the classroom, relationships will account for the difference between his favorites. Comfort with the coaching staffs is a priority, but the players that he will be suiting up with are important to Garnett as well.

Garnett has been selected to participated in the Under Armour All American Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 7, but he's not going to announce a commitment during the broadcast. He plans to decide in late January, shortly before National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

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