You never know what it's going to take to convince a recruit to visit a school. But Baylor coach Art Briles and his staff can thank of all people….Ed Cooley?
Yes, the Providence men's basketball coach knows Lawrence Garrett, father of Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett. When the Friars knew they were coming to Waco to play Baylor in Wednesday's NIT quarterfinal, the Garretts scored some tickets and Myles used that as the opportunity to visit with the Baylor coaching staff.
"It was my first time to get down there,'' Garrett said. "I got there right before the game. And when it was over, I talked with the coaches and walked a little around the facilities. Everything looks good. They were really nice and respectful and real with me. I liked that.''
Ranked No. 36 on the Rivals 100 list, Garrett is a long way from making any decision, but this is a major win for assistants Jeff Lebby and Chris Achuff, who along with Briles, had been working diligently to find a way to get Garrett to come to the campus.
Admittedly, the visit wasn't very long. But it was enough for Garrett to consider future trips. He said he would look at the April 6 spring game or maybe take an unofficial visit.
At 6-4, 229, running 4.6, you definitely have some choices. Garrett said he is going to wait to see how many offers come in - he currently has 14 from the likes of Baylor, Alabama, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame - and then go through an elimination process.
"I'm going to put everyone on that list and then start crossing them off,'' Garrett said. ""I hope I can get to their spring game. I know Baylor's program is getting better. It's a big school. ''