It’s no fluke that Bishop Gorman has emerged as possibly the top high school football program in America over the last couple of seasons. It’s a program with a history of producing talent, but now that talent is even greater than before with studs coming from California and Hawaii to play for the G.
Haskell Garrett is one of those prospects who came from Hawaii and moved to Las Vegas to attend Gorman. It’s been a beneficial move for him as he is already a top prospect and has been able to show he has a bright future as an interior defensive lineman against the top competition Gorman plays every year.
Garrett is very athletic for his size. His lateral movement is outstanding and his overall short area quickness is one of his strengths. Like a lot of players his size, he looks to have shorter arms which is why his quickness is so important. I’m excited to see how big he looks right now in person as to determine who big he can get at the next level, but if he can play in the 290 range then I don’t think there will be any issue with his size in college.
He has a fantastic first step that allows him to win off the snap a lot. He is so much quicker than the guards he is facing and can be disruptive in the backfield. Garrett makes a ton of plays behind the line because of this. He would be a nightmare for most guards to try and reach because of this.
Is so great when asked to move laterally because of his quickness. Can move side to side and explode up the field. He consistently throws his hands and plays with good pad level. Even though he doesn’t have the ideal length you are looking for in a defensive linemen, he is usually first to punch and that is even more important. It makes him strong at the point of attack, but he must play with good technique to do so or else I could see him getting overwhelmed with the double.
He doesn’t have a ton of pass rush moves right now, but he looks like he can develop his hands to get to the point where he has a lot in his arsenal. He wins with quickness and his ability to dip and bend around slower guards. He also has a knack for getting his hands on the football and has a good feel for knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage.
He is a perfect fit as penetrating three technique in a 4-3 and in a scheme that asks him to slant and move because of his athleticism.
Give me an athletic prospect with the lateral explosion that Garrett shows over a plodding monster in the middle any day. I think Garrett has the chance to be a guy who ends up producing a ton of tackles for loss in the right scheme that utilizes his movement to his advantage. If he develops his hands like I expect, he is going to be a incredibly difficult for any guard to block one on one. It would not surprise me to see him play early in his career and be a high level starter for multiple seasons at the next level.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach)