October 23, 2008

Garin locks in on five

Apple Valley (Minn.) Eastview star Matt Garin is the No. 6 prospect in the state and No. 20 weakside defensive end prospect in the nation. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has taken one official visit and he revealed to his top five list, as well as future visit plans.

"I just visited Colorado pretty recently and I think for Minnesota I'm going to their Michigan game," Garin said. "I'm actually going to call [defensive coordinator Craig] Bray here really soon to figure out when I am going to ASU. I'll also call West Virginia and UCLA. Those are the schools I'm still really looking at."

Garin said he's not sure if he will take all five visits, but he knows he will make a repeat trip to Tempe for an official visit after unofficial taking in the ASU campus last summer.

"I liked it when I went to ASU but the campus was pretty much a ghost town that time of year. I went to (downtown) Phoenix and it was the same way which was kind of weird. Minneapolis seems to have a lot more people out and about but I think it's probably just because of how hot it is in the summer out there, a lot of people aren't just walking around."

The Sun Devils have established a solid relationship, Garin said, and that will be rewarded with the official visit.

Coach Bray, he's a character. I love his personality. He's the only guy who doesn't care what he says around recruits. He's just himself. He's just an all around good guy. Coach (Grady) Stretz, I can really tell he's going to take care of his guys. He'll take care of you. He'll be like your new dad basically. He gave me the whole run down on how I play, where I'd play. He told me I've have a really good chance as a true freshmen or the next year to get on the field.

"I feel a good vibe with ASU. I really liked the facilities, the halls were the students hang out and everything, the athletic department. I got to meet Frank Kush. He's a really good guy. We got to talking about fishing."

Having been on a number of college campuses, Garin said he's interested to see how the official visits compare to unofficial trips. At Colorado, he got his first taste, and liked the contrast.

"Unofficial are just kind of like a chill visit," he said. "It's relaxed, you see what the campus was like. Seeing that and the facilities is the best part, as well as hanging out with the coaches.

"With an official you see what game day is like; see what the locker room is like for a team; you see the checks they do on defense and what the gameplan is going to be; see what the players are like. With unofficial visits you don't get that, you don't even really get to see what it's like for the players because it's the summer and they're either not there or they're doing their own thing.

Garin said the recruiting process is going on longer than he'd hoped, but he's still enjoying it.

"It's pretty good overall," he said. "I'm just happy I got to narrow it down. I'm happy I'm waiting to because I wanted to see how the Gophers are doing, and they're doing very well. And I'm getting even more familiar with the other schools and their coaches. I'm still keeping track of how they're doing.

The best part about it is seeing all the different places. I wanted to see the country. I'm not going to say I'm not interested in staying at Minnesota because it's home. But I'd like to look at a different place to go to school too and I'm really considering it. I can look at different places and see what I like. Going from the mountains to the desert to beach. I'd never been to the desert or the beach before, so this is a pretty cool experience."

Eastview is 6-3 on season and has already entered the playoffs, winning its post-season opener 27-6 over Kennedy.

"The season's going pretty good," Garin said. "Playing Kennedy was pretty funny because my parents went there, my dad played there. It was a pretty good game for me. I had two blocked passes, a couple tackles for losses and two sacks.

"We got a good chance (to win the championship). We played the best team in the state Eden Prairie (a team Eastview lost to twice last season in its 11-2 state semi-final campaign). We held them to 14 points and nobody else has done that. So we have a good chance."

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