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Puyallup’s Garnett receives Under Armour All-America Bowl jersey

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Oct. 28, 2011 at 10:25 am with 4 Comments »
October 28, 2011 10:25 am

Joshua Garnett received his ceremonial jersey from the Under Armour All-America Game this morning at Puyallup High School.

When the 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive tackle was asked what it meant to be selected to such a prestigious game, Garnett provided an answer that belies what has made him one of the country’s most sought-after recruits.

“It shows an accomplishment,” he said. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work the last couple years, but I know this is when the real work starts. I’ve got to get back in the weight room and start pumping iron more.

“Got to have all my workout buddies be on point for the rest of our lives now. No more high school stuff, just destroying people and throwing them on the ground. It’s really going to come down to who has the best technique, not who’s the biggest or strongest.”

Garnett understands that he’s a Friday night stud, but he’ll have to work to be a star on Saturdays, and possibly Sundays. Not every high school superstar makes that transition.

As for where Garnett will play next fall, he’s undecided.

After the Under Armour game, Garnett said he’s planning to visit University of Miami for an official visit after the Under Armour game, which will be played Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. He also has official visits planned for the University of Michigan on Nov. 19 and the University of Oklahoma on Nov. 26. Those visits could change, however, depending on how far Puyallup advances in the playoffs.

He was admissions application was accepted by Stanford last weekend, and the Cardinal rates highly with Garnett.

“Stanford’s pretty high on my list because of the academic piece,” said Garnett, who has taken an unofficial visit to the school. “Not only that, as an offensive lineman when you see people run for 500 yards it’s hard to say no.”

Garnett likes the opportunities to play early for young linemen at Stanford.

“They play nine offensive linemen…It really gives young guys a chance to go in early and play at a high level. Especially if I go there, my pass blocking game is good, but I really want to work on my run blocking a lot. I know if I went there I would have a lot of time to work on my run blocking and run blocking is what sets apart offensive linemen going to the NFL and in college football.”

He’s also considering Washington.

“Washington’s in there,” he said. “The team has gotten a lot better the past two years since (head coach Steve) Sarkisian, (offensive line coach Dan) Cozzetto and the other guys have gotten there. They’re also an extremely well-coached run team. You can see how coach Cozetto coaches, his style of play is just phenomenal.”

Friday got off to a good start for Garnett and he hopes to cap the day with a win over rival Rogers High. Puyallup has already clinched a postseason berth – the Vikings will play at No. 8 Olympia next week – while Rogers has been eliminated from playoff contention. When Puyallup and Rogers get together, none of that matters, Garnett said.

“It’s still a rivalry game,” he said. “When I play games like this, it doesn’t matter if we’re going to the playoffs or they’re going to the playoffs, what our record is or what they’re record is, I’m going for blood tonight.”

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  1. Way to overrated -against Curtis he was not in for offense or defense in crucial 4th quarter plays. Lots of energy early but was gassed late.Spent way to much time talking smack.Talks about knocking people to ground will be eaten alive at next level if he does not work.Danny Shelton at Auburn last year was way tougher.Seen some good players @ Puyallup over the years(Wolfe, Gallagher,Looker,Hobert, Huards) all had great will to win and were players not talkers>If Garnett could play as well as he talks would be great

  2. PuyallupSpectator says:

    @oldbah1 That’s not true at all, if you go to games consistently and watch how he can control a game it is astonishing. He constantly is finishing blocks and throwing kids around like rag dolls. Defensively he is double or triple teamed each play, which is a game changer in itself. When he isn’t in the game the team suffers sufficiently, they’re production on offense drops rapidly and every one on their defense can now be taken on with ease. Any human with some sort of eye for the game can see his value and you’re statement proves to me you’re clueless to what you’re talking about.

  3. Probably a Curtis fan talking smack, Curtis fans and players do talk alot of stuff.

    It has been great watching this fine young man develop into a future college player, at the highest level, and possibly the NFL. Who cares that he talks on the field, he backs it up!

    Wish him nothing but the best in the future.

  4. Probably a Curtis fan talking smack, Curtis fans and players do talk alot of stuff. Sore losers!

    It has been great watching this fine young man develop into a future college player, at the highest level, and possibly the NFL. Who cares that he talks on the field, he backs it up!

    Wish him nothing but the best in the future.

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