December 21, 2010

Aliotti showed faith in Garrick

For a high school football player to get to the next level a lot must go right. Besides being one of the most talented kids in the nation they have to have good coaching, good grades, get the attention of college programs and have a little bit of luck. Sometimes the luck just doesn't seem like it is on their side. In fact, sometimes it seems it is out to ruin the dreams they have. Duck Sports Authority recently spoke with Duck commit Carlyle Garrick to get his thoughts on Oregon and the dream that almost wasn't.

For Carlyle Garrick the latter was definitely the case. At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds Garrick was ready to impress the coaches that were recruiting him but as it would turn out he wouldn't have much of an opportunity.

"My junior year I made a highlight tape of my first 5 games and then I tore my ACL my sixth game," said Garrick. "So I sent out my film everywhere and all of that. The month of May when coaches can come up here I had interest from almost every Pac 10 school. I also had San Diego State, San Jose, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, I mean it was a list of like twenty schools. I had two offers. An offer from Cal Poly and an offer from Army. Most of the other schools were waiting to see the first three to five games of my senior year.

"Coach Nick Aliotti, out of every person , was the guy who recruited me the hardest. We always talked. We emailed a lot and all that. So he was just waiting until my first three games and then I found out I had to have another surgery in August. Which meant I couldn't play my senior season.

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