When Michigan fans hear Washington offensive lineman they typically think of 6-foot-9, 310-pound Zach Banner who has said he will take an official visit to Michigan. Banner, however, isn't the only highly touted lineman from Washington that has interest in Michigan.
Four star OL Joshua Garnett (6'5", 275 lbs) holds an offer from the Wolverines as well. Garnett also happens to be the 22nd overall prospect in the nation, which ranks higher than Banner at 31. Here's a look at Garnett's film and what he had to say about Michigan.
TOM: We haven't heard too much from you, is Michigan recruiting you?
JOSHUA: Yes, they are. Coach Ferrigno is recruiting me, he's a very nice guy and we talk quite often actually.
TOM: It's tough to gauge someone's interest when they live in Washington. Are you interested in Michigan?
JOSHUA: Yes, very much interested. Michigan has a great football tradition and is also one of the top academic schools in the nation.
TOM: Are you interested enough that you think you'll take a visit to Michigan?
JOSHUA: Yes definitely. It will most likely be an official visit.
TOM: From the sounds of that I assume that you'll be taking your time with your recruitment then? Do you have a plan on when you want to narrow things down?
JOSHUA: Yeah, I plan on taking my time. I'll most likely have it down to five before the season starts.
TOM: Since you said you want to take an official to Michigan does that mean that they will most likely make the top five? I understand this isn't 100%, but as of right now, most likely?
JOSHUA: Yes, that's correct.
TOM: Michigan isn't just a car ride away for you. Is distance going to factor in to this at all for you?
JOSHUA: Distance is definitely never an issue. I like to say that a plane ride is a plane ride whether it's two hours or six hours.
TOM: What's the main reason you're interested in Michigan? Did you grow up a fan?
JOSHUA: I have always wanted to play in that Michigan - Ohio State game. I think that is a big reason why I like Michigan. That game is probably the biggest in college football, and the rivalry is unexplainable.
TOM: That's an answer that Michigan fans will enjoy hearing. Since they probably haven't heard much on you can you explain what type of lineman you are?
JOSHUA: I'm a bullet, not a bowling ball. I'm very fast and explosive. I really use my agility to beat defensive linemen instead of just my strength.
for Hoke to get us in the conversation again. The top in-state kids didn't just commit, they had a race to commit. Pike, Kiel, Zach Banner, Erik Magnuson, Jordan Diamond, Joshua Garnett all consider us as one of the top choices in the country. (I know Pike committed to Auburn you don't have to chase me down and point it out) We may not be back all the way yet but we've taken a huge step in the right direction. Way to go Hoke!
He would be an amazing addition to this class both on and off the field. He sounds like a well grounded and well spoken kid. WIth UofM's tradition, academics, and extreme lack of depth on the O-Line we would seem to be a great fit for this young man. I am glad we (UofM) are being considered.
Tom, or anyone else for that manner, just curious but have you noticed any sentiment that it has been harder to pull guys from WA state with Sarkisian at Washington? I know when Willingham was there it seemed like all the top prospects were leaving out of state, but it seems as though Sark has been able to keep the top in-state guys there the last few classes. Any insight into this?