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Best of the Nike NFTC Include Many Northwest Football Hopefuls

Best of the Nike NFTC Include Many Northwest Football Hopefuls

SEATTLE – By the middle of this week, Joshua Garnett is supposed to trim his list and that is important to many people, including close friend Zach Banner, who stated as clearly as possible he would like to play college ball with Garnett.

Josh Garnett earned the offensive line MVP award.

“Heck ya,” Banner said.

To no one’s surprise, the two four-star offensive tackles were the dominant linemen at Sunday’s Seattle NIKE Camp. The biggest news all day was that Garnett, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect from Puyallup (Wash.), will cut his extensive list soon.

Banner, a 6-foot-9, 310-pound behemoth from Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes, narrowed his choices to nine last week.WashingtonOregonNotre DameMichiganAlabamaUSC,LSUFlorida State and Oklahoma made the cut.

It’s no shocker that many of those same programs should make Garnett’s list.

“We’re definitely going to look at the same schools just because of the chemistry we have,” Garnett said.

“He likes to talk a lot, he’s a little louder. I’m more calm and more mellow, and I just like to come out and show people my talent and show them even though I’m not 6-9, 350, I can do the same stuff, if not better.”

Garnett, who earned the offensive line MVP award, was more consistent during one-on-one drills and although Banner dwarfs Garnett in size – and Garnett would say in name recognition – the Puyallup prospect is much more athletic. Plus, he plays with a mean streak.

Zach Banner had another strong showing over the weekend. rates Garnett fifth at offensive tackle and No. 22 in the 2012 class, nine spots ahead of Banner, who’s also been busy with AAU basketball season.

“I’m definitely glad I didn’t lose any one-on-ones,” Garnett said. “I was the only lineman who didn’t lose any one-on-ones. I went over to the defensive side of the ball and won three of four over there so I felt pretty good about that. I definitely showed my


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