Friday, March 8, 2013
Texas offers New Orleans DT
By William Wilkerson
No, what you are about to read is factual and you aren’t having a severe case of déjà vu.
The Longhorns have offered yet another member of the New Orleans St. Augustine football program.
That’s right, 2014 defensive tackle Courtney Garnett told HornsNation on Thursday that he was offered by Texas defensive tackles coach Bo Davis earlier this week. That makes him the fourth member of his team to hold an offer.
“Actually, Texas is my favorite,” said Garnett, who also holds offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Tulane. “I really like Texas. I’ve been reading a lot about Texas. I’m really excited to get up there and see what it’s all about.”
All-galaxy running back Leonard Fournette also holds a Texas offer but isn’t thought to be seriously considering the Longhorns at the moment.
The Longhorns have several ties with the St. Augustine staff and the one that helped get Garnett on Texas’ radar came from the relationship his position coach has with Davis.
“He wants me to come up for the spring game, which I will make,” Garnett said. “I’m excited.”
The two have yet to meet in person but Davis made it very clear to Garnett over the phone that Texas is in dire need of defensive tackles.
“Bo Davis did tell me that there weren’t many defensive tackles coming out of Texas this year and that they didn’t sign one DT in 2013,” he said. “They are looking for a lot of D-tackles.”
Garnett, like Paul, is familiar with the state having lived in Texas for two years after Hurricane Katrina.
He is the third DT to hold a Texas offer, joining DeShawn Washington (Nederland, Texas/Nederland), who has committed to Texas A&M, and New Orleans Edna Karr’s Gerald Willis III, who attended Texas’ second junior day.
Going against the nation’s top running back in Fournette everyday has definitely helped Garnett garner attention, and improve his game.
“Of course Leonard is a very good running back,” Garnett said. “Going against him in practice is very challenging. Being able to practice with the best kid in 2014 has really helped. Going against Leonard is always a learning process.”
Asked who has gotten the better of each other, Garnett said they’ve each one-upped the other on more than one occasion.