Stepping Stones: DePauldrick Garrett

Stepping Stones: DePauldrick Garrett

West Orange-Stark RB [db]DePauldrick Garrett[/db] is another in a long line of prospects to come from Coach Dan Hooks' football factory in SE Texas. Garrett who is 5'8 175 pounds and boasts 4.5 speed had a huge junior season in helping the Mustangs to an 11-1 record before falling to Giddings in the Class 3A Area Playoffs.

DePauldrick had 170 carries for over 1500 yards and 19 touchdowns, he also had 124 yards receiving and a touchdown as well. Those numbers earned Garrett first team all 21-3A honors along with first team all-area honors selected by the Beaumont Enterprise. Garrett who has a 270 pound bench press and a 385 pound squat max has started for the Mustangs since his sophomore season.

Besides starring on the football field, DePaudrick is also a member of the WOS powerlifting team and the Mustangs track team. "My biggest strength is my vision, I can find cut back lanes. This off-season I am really focusing on getting stronger and faster," said the West Orange-Stark RB. Baylor, Houston, Missouri, Nebraska Texas A&M, Texas Tech, TCU, Clemson, Oklahoma State, UTEP and Mississippi have all shown interest in Garrett but at this point one school stands out above the rest.

"I really like Nebraska, they have a great tradition and I like the fact they put a focus on running the ball. They have shown the most interest in me, and I grew up a big fan of them," said Garrett.

Last summer, DePauldrick kept busy playing for the Mustangs seven on seven team which made a good showing at last year's state tournament in College Station. Garrett also impressed at the University of Houston's mini-camp. This summer Garrett plans on trying to get back to the seven on seven state tournament, along with attending the Nike Combine at Texas A&M. DePauldrick is also planning on making mini-camps at Nebraska and Oklahoma State.

"Academics are important, and I want to go somewhere that I feel comfortable and am a good fit," says Garrett who plans on majoring in Education. Don't look for a final decision from the RB from West Orange-Stark until after his senior season, "My main goal is to be a leader and help us win state. We've had some great players and come close, but I want to help us get over the hump." Recommended Stories

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