Courtney Garnett Commits to Texas: Longhorns Land 12th Commit for Class of 2014

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIApril 8, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Texas Longhorns keep rolling through the 2014 recruiting cycle.

Mack Brown's program is arguably one of the hottest on the recruiting trail right now, and that momentum is certainly paying off in the form of commitments.

Last weekend, the Longhorns had a very impressive orange-white game weekend that saw them land a few 2014 and 2015 recruits (via Jeff Howe of 247Sports. Note: Howe also tweeted about the commitment of 4-star Jake McMillon).

This weekend, the Longhorns have picked up commitment No. 12 for the 2014 class, represented by 3-star defensive tackle Courtney Garnett. William Wilkerson of reports on the commitment: 

Well, visits to Ole Miss and Mississippi State came over the weekend and, in his eyes, they didn’t compare to Texas. So Garnett went ahead and committed to the Longhorns. 

“I think it is just a great fit. I think it’s going to be a great fit for me and my family,” Garnett said. “I have some family in Austin there already. It’s going to be great for me to go out there and take my talents to Texas and be coached by [defensive tackles coach Bo [Davis]. He is a great coach and will elevate me to where I want to be.” 

The momentum keeps building for Texas recruiting, and that's huge considering the slight drop in prestige that the Longhorns have experienced. If Coach Brown and his staff want to get the program back on track, it's going to start and end with recruiting, so regaining some of that "swagger" is crucial.

Also, consider the fact that out of Texas' 12 current commitments, six (including Garnett) are linemen of some sort. It's an old cliche but it rings true on a yearly basis: The game of football is won or lost in the trenches, so focusing on building up talented linemen, plus depth, is without a doubt a smart way to approach this rebuild of sorts at Texas.

For all intents and purposes, Garnett has good potential.

He's 6'2'', 285 pounds, so he has good size as just a rising senior. He's very proficient at taking on blocks, shedding them and making the tackle against the run. He uses his hands well to extend and disengage, and he does a good job of coming down the line in pursuit and making a play. Garnett is strong and big enough to take on double-teams, but he's also quick enough to rip away and chase. He projects to be a good interior lineman, though he does have the speed to move outside if need be, but only situationally. 

Texas keeps adding momentum on the recruiting trail with this pickup, and Garnett is a talented recruit with a ton of potential. If the Longhorns can "coach him up," he could play well above his 3-star ranking at the college level.


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