Timberview’s Garner shifting focus from recruiting to senior season

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Timberview linebacker Brandon Garner didn’t follow the trend of the modern recruit, drawing out the recruiting process all the way to National Signing Day.

He saw the opportunity he wanted and he pounced.

In early January, Garner traveled to San Antonio during the U.S. Army All-American National Combine to state his commitment to Purdue.

Garner continues to hear interest from many schools, including Texas-El Paso, Texas-San Antonio, Houston, San Diego State, Washington and Washington State, but he continues to stand strong with his first pick.

When asked if he was still open to hear offers from other schools, his answer was simple and to the point.

“I’m committed to Purdue.”

With that major decision on the back burner before he enters his senior season, his focus shifts completely to his Timberview team, which has made strides to improve a key flaw in last year’s team, Garner said.

The change involved no drills or film work. Just fun.

“We’ve been hanging out more as a team; going to Buffalo Wild Wings as a team to watch a game or going swimming,” Garner said.

Chemistry is the biggest improvement the Timberview squad has made over the offseason in Garners perspective, which also is in part to the comfort the team now finds with the coaching staff.

Timberview head coach James Brown joined the team late in the summer before last season, allowing just enough time for the players to pick up the plays, but not much else, Garner said.

“Last year we just jumped into the season and didn’t have time to get to know the coaches,” he said. “Now we have the first summer workouts with the coaching staff, so we’re getting to know them better.”

Garner’s side of the ball, defense, will be a strength of this years team as they return seven starters, including standout LSU commit and cornerback Edward Paris.

Garner will continue to hold down the outside linebacker position for Timberview this season, but will be studying up to make a change to strong safety for Purdue beginning next year.

“They see that I recognize plays and I react quickly,” Garner said. “They want me to come downhill at strong safety because I’m a good hitter and I’m good at man coverage.”

Garner said he’s familiar with the position, playing all through his career until his recent move to linebacker. With some basic film study, he believes he can be equally as strong at both positions.

However, before he begins to think about life after high school, he emphasized the focus he is putting toward the upcoming season.

“We’re coming in trying to do something great,” he said. “We have a great team and a great coaching staff and great chemistry so we’re going to do something big this year. Watch out for Timberview.”

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