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December 18, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Report: Garnett eliminates UW UPDATED

According to a Tweet a few minutes ago from Greg Biggins of ESPN.com, the Huskies may be out of the running for one of their top recruiting targets — offensive lineman Josh Garnett of Puyallup.

Biggins’ Tweeted a little while ago that Garnett said “he’s down to a final 3 – Stanford, Notre Dame and Michigan.” There’s no story yet, so no reasoning is included — just the Tweet and that info for now.

But assuming it’s true, that means UW is out of it for a player generally considered the top recruit in the state this year as well as one of the top guard prospects in the nation — Scout.com rates him No. 2, for instance, and Rivals.com No. 7

Garnett is the son of Scott Garnett, who played defensive line at UW from 1980-83, but has long been thought potentially looking to go elsewhere — many have considered Stanford the favorite, especially when the news came that he had been accepted academically.

Garnett was also one of three top in-state players still uncommitted that many have said will help heavily shape the perception of UW’s recruiting Class of 2012. The others are Lakes High OL Zach Banner and Mariner High RB KeiVarae Russell. Each took an official visit to last weekend but both apparently will wait until January before making a decision/announcement.

Garnett has not taken an official visit to UW.

UW has commitments from just two OLs — center Cory English of Auburn and tackle Nathan Dean of Juanita (see complete list of commits here). Apparently losing out on Garnett will make it more of a priority to land the likes of Banner and Shane Brostek of Kameula, Hawaii.

UPDATE, 6 P.M. — Here’s a link to Biggins’ story, though it’s part of ESPN’s Insider package. However, of eliminating UW, Garnett says: “It was a tough decision, but I just felt like the other three were better fits for me,” Garnett said. “Part of it was location, I just want to leave the state and explore something new. It’s also a football decision. I feel that these other three programs are just better overall and great academic schools too. I had to do what I felt was best for me, when it comes to picking a college, you can’t decide based on what makes everyone else happy.”

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