Sunday, November 18, 2012
Juco OT Garrett chooses Oklahoma State
By Damon Sayles
Oklahoma State landed its first junior college prospect of the 2013 recruiting class early Sunday evening, as offensive tackle Brandon Garrett (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) gave the Cowboys his verbal pledge.
A 6-foot-6, 285-pound tackle, Garrett took an official visit to Oklahoma State over the weekend and was one of the 55,341 in attendance to watch the Cowboys rout Texas Tech 59-21. Garrett chose Oklahoma State over offers from North Texas, Old Dominion, UTSA and Louisiana-Lafayette. Garrett also received interest from South Florida, Washington State and TCU.
“It feels great. It’s a relief,” said Garrett, who played at Deer Park High School in the greater Houston area before attending Trinity Valley. “I came to juco to mature and put my time in. It feels great to know it got put to good use.”
Garrett, recruited by offensive line coach Joe Wickline and player-hosted by freshman lineman Michael Wilson, first visited Oklahoma State over the summer on an unofficial visit. He said his official visit helped to answer some last-minute questions he had. Garrett is expected to be a mid-year transfer and will join the team in January.
“When I went there over the summer, I had already been around and met some of the guys,” Garrett said. “I had a good feeling going into the visit. I really liked the atmosphere and coaching staff, especially Coach Wickline. He’s a hard-nosed coach, and I like how he handles things.
“Talking with Coach [Mike] Gundy, it seemed like the place for me. I wanted to get a first- hand experience on how everything went down on game day. I just felt like that was the right place for me.”
Garrett is Oklahoma State’s 17th commitment. He recently was named an all-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honorable mention selection.