WAUKESHA, Wis. – After a strong start to his junior season, Waukesha South defensive end T.J. Garrity is experiencing a “fun” time on the recruiting trail. Coming off of a visit to Michigan for the Wolverines’ 31-0 romp of BYU, Garrity spoke highly of his time in Ann Arbor and detailed the state of his recruitment so far, one which really took off after a visit to in-state Wiscosin.
“It started to pick up a lot after I took my first visit to Wisconsin,” Garrity told Todays’ U. “Ever since that day, I’ve heard from a lot of colleges. Once September 1st when schools can start contacting me, then I heard from schools like Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa, Minnesota and the Big Ten schools. I’ve been enjoying it a lot.”
Standing at 6’5” and 233 pounds, Garrity is an imposing force on the defensive line. His frame can easily support additional weight before he reaches college, but the rising junior is extremely quick off the line at defensive end or tight end as is.
Garrity is yet to pick up his first scholarship offer, but based on the trajectory of his recruitment it shouldn’t be long before a school steps in with one.
“It’s hard to gauge how close you are to an offer or not,” Garrity said. “But I feel like if anybody were to offer it would be Northern Iowa or Purdue at this point. So hopefully that creeps in pretty soon.”
Hailing from Wisconsin, Garrity has heard quite a bit from the Badgers and has taken numerous visits to campus so far, starting with a camp trip several years ago.
“I went to the Badgers summer camp two years ago going into my sophomore season,” Garrity said. “And I went to the Badgers camp this previous year. After the camp this year at Wisconsin, I got to talk to the defensive line coach for a little bit more. He let me know that Wisconsin is really gunning for me.”
Based on that interaction, it sounds as if Wisconsin is closely monitoring Garrity and his development, but the Badgers are not the only Big Ten power keeping up with the versatile junior recruit. Michigan recently hosted Garrity for a visit and by all accounts it was a very positive experience.
“It was awesome,” Garrity said. “My dad played there back in the 80s, so I’ve been pretty familiar with the campus and stuff. This time was by far the best time I’ve had there ever. They renovated Schembechler Hall a few years ago and I hadn’t seen any of it yet. This time I went on a tour with Matt Doherty, one of the recruiting coordinators. He showed me around the facilities more and really explained everything and I got to talk to coach Harbaugh for a little bit. I also talked to Jay Harbaugh, the tight ends coach.”
Garrity picked a good day to head to Ann Arbor as the Wolverines pulled off a dominating performance against the visiting BYU Cougars. Garrity discussed the game day environment inside of Michigan Stadium.
“The game was electric,” Garrity said. “It was crazy. The defense played super well. I said this to some of my friends and coaches, but this was the best I’ve seen Michigan play in a long time. So, it was a great game to pick to go up there to see.”
As for the rest of the fall, Garrity has a Big Ten-centric visit plan with several stops in the next few months.
“I’m heading up to East Lansing to go to the Michigan State game on October 24th,” Garrity said. “I have a game invite to Purdue and I’m probably going to go there later in October as well. I’m hoping down to Iowa for a visit, but I still have to contact the coaches.”
Gartity has roughly 20 solo tackles on the season to go with four and a half tackles for loss. So far, Waukesha South has faced run-oriented offenses, but that should change when Garrity and his teammates face five-star recruit and Michigan commit Ben Bredeson’s Arrowhead team. Garrity broke down his skill set for those that haven’t seen him play.
“I can read blocks real well and that’s one of my best attributes, my ability to read blocks,” Garrity said. “I follow the hips pretty well, I fill the gap, I close the whole, I blow up the lead blocker. If you watch the highlight tape, when I come off blocks I’m come pretty flat and that’s where I make a lot of my tackles.”
Look for Garrity to make several stops across the Big Ten as conference play begins to heat up.