Throw in the fact that he is a sprinter on the Brashear High track team and runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and there's really nothing to hate about the way Garner combines his toughness and athleticism on the football field.
Maryland and Minnesota jumped on the bandwagon first, but hometown Pittsburgh wasn't too far behind, as Head Coach Dave Wannstedt extended the offer himself. The person that really made the impact on Garner, however, was UW Tight End Coach Joe Rudolph. Rudolph was one of the first coaches to come out to Pittsburgh and convinced Garner to come take a closer look at the Badgers.
Akron, Buffalo, Connecticut and Toledo followed with offers but Garner was starting to lean towards Wisconsin, even though he was still undecided what position (outside linebacker or tight end) he wanted to play in college. Taking his official visit to Madison the same week as Jameson Wright, Garner saw in UW's double overtime victory over Fresno State how useful a tight end can be for the Badgers.
Combine his relationship with Rudolph, talking X's and O's with Coach Chryst and the success of UW's tight end, Garner recognized that Wisconsin was just what he was looking for in a school.
East Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels' Scouting Report: As I have said from day one this kid may have more upside than any prospect in Pittsburgh, besides maybe Tom Ricketts (Penn State). He has only played outside linebacker for one season at Brashear and he seems to get better with every rep. He has really improved his straight line speed going from a (4.8) last Spring to a (4.5) this year.
Garner is a great kid from a great family. He is an outstanding athlete, but he is raw and still learning. If he is coached up and does everything on and off the field that he needs to do then I think Wisconsin got a steal.
Badger Nation Publisher Benjamin Worgull: If there's one thing Wisconsin fans need to know about Garner is that he is a work horse. Garner wasn't thrilled with his 40-yard dash, so he spent the summer of his junior year improving it. When he came to Scout.com's Pittsburgh combine, he shaved three tenths off his time.
In high school, Garner was an H-back, playing a little receiver and being a motion tight end. Sound familiar? It should be a fairly smooth transition for Garner into UW's system and hopefully, his monster numbers translate over, as well.
Garner's Junior Highlights (No.5) QB/WR
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