After not signing any defensive tackles in the class of 2013, the Texas Longhorns could pick up their second tackle pledge in the class of 2014 in the stretch of eight days.
Courtney Garnett becomes UT's second DT pledge in the 2014 class.
Three-star prospect Courtney Garnett (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) said Sunday afternoon that he plans on committing to Texas coach Mack Brown. Garnett would join San Antonio Warren's Trey Lealaimatafao in the class for Texas.
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Garnett said he called defensive tackles coach Bo Davis to give him the news. Garnett is expected to speak with Mack Brown early Monday morning to finalize the details of potentially becoming the 12th verbal commitment in the Longhorns' current recruiting haul.
“I think that's the best fit for me,” Garnett said of Texas. “I've been other places and I've gone through the process. With Texas and Coach Bo, I feel it's the best fit for me.”
The Longhorns are on a mission to make Louisiana a recruiting priority. Davis and running backs coach Larry Porter have strong ties to the state, and the Longhorns have hit St. Aug especially hard.
Garnett is one of four St. Aug prospects to have been offered by Texas to this point. It was the job Davis did from jump-street that put Texas over the top.
“He did a great job recruiting me,” Garnett said. “He gave me a first-hand take on how it's going to be when I get there. He just made everything real comfortable for me.
Garnett made a trip to Texas last weekend for the spring game. Texas was already his top school going into the visit, and the final push across the finish for his parents to give him their blessing was the time spent in Austin.
“My mom and dad really enjoyed it at Texas,” Garnett said. “I know it's a great place for me and now they feel like it's a great place, too.”
Now that Garnett wants his recruitment out of the way, he feels like he can focus on being the best player he can be for St. Aug this fall.
“I couldn't be happier,” Garnett said. “I picked a school that was the best for me and it's a great program. Now I'm going to move on from here, not worry about it anymore and hopefully everything will fall into place.”