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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
After visit, Texas remains No. 1 for La. DT

By William Wilkerson

The future of the Longhorns’ defensive front got a big boost over the past few days with the commitment of three defensive linemen.

A fourth could be on the way, judging from what one out-of-state defensive tackle had to say after his weekend visit to Texas.

Courtney Garnett
Class of 2014 defensive tackle Courtney Garnett likes Texas, Ole Miss and Oklahoma right now but one schools stands out.
Courtney Garnett, a 2014 DT from New Orleans Saint Augustine, arrived on Friday with his family for his first visit to Austin and left feeling like he might have found his future home.

“From now on I am comparing everybody to Texas because I think Texas is probably going to be the school I go to,” Garnett said. “I don’t know yet. Who knows?”

Garnett, who is 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, arrived in Austin with the Longhorns already atop his list of schools. He also has offers from Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Tulane and Tulsa.

They all have some work to do to jump the Longhorns.

“Coach [Mack] Brown was just telling us how it’s an opportunity for a lot of the players that he is recruiting to play early because a lot of players will be leaving,” Garnett said. “The way it’s looking for me, if I do come in, I’m going to play early.”

Another reason Garnett is so enthusiastic about Texas is Longhorns defensive tackles coach Bo Davis. The two are quickly becoming good friends.

“Talked with Coach Bo; I was in the meeting being able to see him coach the guys,” he said. “A firsthand take on how he coaches the guys was real cool. I think Coach Bo is a very energetic guy. I can see myself being coached by him. I can see myself coming to Texas.”

Having a solid relationship with a position coach is among Garnett’s top priorities.

“It’s very important because you want to build a relationship with him. You want to know who he is going to bring in and how he is going to use you. I think it’s very important.”

Saint Augustine is getting plenty of attention from the Longhorns coaching staff this season. They’ve also offered DB Jermaine Roberts, OL Joseph Paul and RB Leonard Fournette.

“I know my teammate Jermaine [Roberts] likes it here,” Garnett said. “I’ll talk it over with my parents and if this is the place I want to be, then it may be the place. I still want to go to my other visits.”

Garnett said he wants to visit Oklahoma and Ole Miss before making his decision. He is visiting the Sooners next week.