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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
2015 lineman one to watch in future

By William Wilkerson

Complacency can be a crippling word when used to describe a recruit.

Offers flood in, that word creeps in, egos inflate and ... ambition deteriorates.

If there was ever a recruit who had a reason to be complacent it would be 2015 offensive lineman Aaron Garza (Sherman, Texas/Sherman), who picked up an offer from Baylor before he ever played a down at the junior varsity level.

Aaron Garza
Class of 2015 offensive lineman Aaron Garza is receiving interest from several schools and already has an offer from Baylor.
“We have this rule where there are no freshmen on varsity,” Garza said. "The rule was like for 20 years and the year that I was there as a freshman was the 20th year. So if I would have been in the Class of 2016 I would have been able to play.”

The fact that he was relegated to freshman football didn’t stop the Bears from putting an offer on the table, though.

But complacency, nah, that was the last thing the offer triggered.

“It means a lot to me. But all it does is it drives me to work harder,” said Garza, who is 6-foot-4 and 307 pounds. “If doing what I did last year, and not even playing a down of varsity football, got me that, it encourages me more to work harder and really try. It is motivation for my grades. You just want to get everything where it needs to be.”

Garza is well on his way to getting where he wants to be thanks to his work ethic and a coaching staff that he credits for doing a “great job” with Sherman’s athletes.

But what is it about himself that made Baylor offer him so early?

“Maybe they see my frame and body,” Garza said. “My dad is 6-7 and I’m supposed to be just as big as him so maybe they see a lot of me in him. I’m a fairly thick guy all around. When I spoke with their coaches the other day he said he really liked my frame. He said I was what they are looking for.”

Garza apparently has a lot of what a whole bunch of programs are looking for, Texas included.

He and Longhorns offensive line coach Stacy Searels have already built a relationship that he’s hoping will lead to an offer down the line.

“I talked to Coach Searels right before Christmas break,” said Garza, who benches 385 pounds and squats 535. “He couldn’t say anything about offers but we joked about his haircut. He is a real cool guy. He’s a real big guy, massive. He asked me about my grades. He was just trying to get a feel for what type of person I was.”

Haircut? Wait, what?

“He liked my haircut and said he gets his haircut twice a year, one in the summer and one in the winter,” Garza laughed. “He said he goes to the porch barbershop in the summer and the bathroom barbershop in the winter. He said his wife cuts his hair. It was funny.”

Garza, who recently attended SMU’s junior day, appreciates Searels’ ability to crack jokes. He wants an offensive line coach that he can relate to off the field as well as on one.

“It shows me that they are a person, too, and have a sense of humor,” he said. “He knows how to take a joke.”

But when it came down to football talk, Garza said that Searels was more than apt at getting serious, which he also liked.

There’s not much about the Longhorns that he hasn’t been fond of since he began watching football. He grew up a huge Texas fan with the rest of his family.

“An offer would make my family really proud,” he said. “That’s a school I really like.”

Garza has never been to Texas’ campus but hopes to get there this summer for one of its camps.

“I hope they like me,” said Garza, who wants to major in chemical and petroleum engineering. “I will probably have to move inside but I still want to go to Texas.”

Recently, Garza has started paying attention to two-time defending national champion Alabama and the Crimson Tide’s offensive line.

“I watch Alabama a lot now,” he said. “[Right tackle] D.J. Fluker is the best offensive lineman in the country. He is awesome.”