The Texas Longhorns received commitment No. 12 for their 2014 recruiting class on Sunday in the form of St. Augustine (New Orleans, LA) defensive tackle Courtney Garnett. A 6’2″, 280 three-star prospect, Garnett chose the Horns over the likes of Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Mississippi State.
There’s always added intrigue when it comes to out-of-state recruits. There’s something new and exotic and unknown about them, like they’re the hot exchange student in American Pie. And when you land one, the natural inclination is to expect bigger and better things from them than you would of a homegrown prospect. This is especially true for UT fans, considering Mack Brown only ventures beyond Texas’ borders for players whom he deems exceed his in-state options. The book is obviously still yet to be written on Garnett, but he appears to have the makings of an interior run-stuffer, and in the up-tempo world of the Big 12, you can never have too many big, athletic bodies to roll in and out. More importantly, after not signing any defensive tackles in 2013 (let’s not recount the A’Shawn Robinson saga), the position has been placed at a premium for 2014, and for that alone, Garnett becomes a key addition to this class.
And if that doesn’t sell you on Garnett, just know that three of his (out-of-state) teammates — DB Jermaine Roberts, OL Joseph Paul, and RB Leonard Fournette (the No. 3 rated prospect for 2014, according to Rivals.com) — also currently hold offers from the Longhorns.
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