UNC Pursuing S.C. Sleeper

UNC Pursuing S.C. Sleeper

North Carolina has expressed a strong interest in Tyrecous Garrett, a 6-foot, 175-pound athlete from Boiling Springs (S.C.).

On Tuesday, UNC assistant coach Gunter Brewer contacted Boiling Springs head football coach Bruce Clark, who coached current Tar Heel A.J. Blue at Dallas (N.C.) North Gaston. Before ending their conversation, Clark put Garrett on the phone with Brewer.

"The conversation was probably about eight to ten minutes," Garrett said. "He just basically talked about getting to know each other. He told me they saw my highlights and they loved it. He wants to get me up to watch their spring game. He just talked about what kind of offense they run and what kind of program they run. They're recruiting me as a receiver/athlete."

As a sophomore, Garrett started at cornerback and wide receiver for Boiling Springs. He was moved to quarterback for his junior season where he passed for over 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. He continued to play cornerback during his junior season, but in a reserve role, and recorded six interceptions.

"I feel comfortable playing quarterback, but I like playing receiver," Garrett said. "Receiver is the position I want to play [in college]."

While UNC is doing its due diligence before offering, East Carolina and Louisville have already offered Garrett. Like UNC, Louisville is recruiting Garrett as a receiver. East Carolina, on the other hand, likes Garrett as a quarterback.

"Most schools are recruiting me for offense," Garrett said. "[South] Carolina said they'd like to try me out at corner. I'm the type of person that just wants to be on the field – that could be offense or defense."

Since the end of the football season, Garrett hasn't visited any schools. However, he attended football games at NC State and South Carolina last fall.

Garrett says he's going to do the best he can to attend UNC's Spring Game on April 14.

Three schools have emerged as favorites for Garrett.

"I'm liking NC State, South Carolina, and probably ECU," Garrett said. "The reason I like [South] Carolina because it's not far and I don't want to go far away. With NC State, I just like their program. ECU, they've shown me the most interest."

Garrett's preference is to stay in-state.

"When I was little, I always wanted to go to Clemson, because the only person in my family that went to college is my cousin and he went to Clemson," Garrett said.

Garrett's cousin, Ben Hall, played tight end for Clemson (2001-04). The Tigers, though, have shown limited interest in Garrett.

Garrett admits his knowledge of UNC is limited.

"I'm looking forward to learning about North Carolina, because I don't really know much about North Carolina," Garrett said. "All I know is that it's in Chapel Hill and that Brooks Foster was the best player to leave Boiling Springs to go there."

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