Taking Stock –
|High School||Tappan Zee (Orangeburg, NY)|
|Home State||New York|
|247Sports Composite||0.8122 (High School)|
|Star Rating||Three Stars|
|Transfer Date||December 18, 2019|
|Transferring From||Nassau Community College (JUCO)|
One of the biggest, both figuratively and literally, signings during the early signing period for ECU came in the form of Henry Garrison. A 6’6″ defensive end who was athletic enough in high school to play quarterback on offense and baseball in the spring, Garrison will be pulling on purple and gold after elevating his stock with two solid years at the junior college level.
A New York native, Garrison went the JUCO route after not receiving much attention out of Tappan Zee High School. At Nassau, however, Garrsion planted his name firmly on the recruiting map after racking up 13 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss of yardage in just seven games in 2018.
That mark included 1.5 sacks as opposing offensive lines struggled with containing his size and athletic ability. With career numbers in 2019, Garrison helped solidify his stock as a potential American Athletic Conference defensive end.
Across six games, Garrison notched 14 tackles (seven solo), including three for a loss of yardage and two sacks. That effort aided in Nassau’s 7-4 record in 2019 and an appearance in the Graphics Edge Bowl against Iowa Central where Garrison captured three tackles.
Watch Henry Garrison’s highlight tapes here.
Still a little raw in some of what he does on the football field, there is little doubt the physical tools are present for Garrison. His powerful frame and athletic abilities make it hard for offensive linemen to move their feet and stay in front of him.
When Garrison does break free, he has the speed necessary to hunt down the quarterback or ball carrier to make a tackle.
For the Pirates, adding a JUCO defensive end who they can plug into their two-deep right away will pay huge dividends. All four starting defensive linemen from last season’s ECU squad are no longer on the roster, with Kendall Futrell signing a professional contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.
It is likely Garrison steps into Futrell’s role as a stopper up front in 2020 for the Pirates. While he has yet to take a snap in the AAC, Garrison should not be far off from showcasing the physicality and toughness that is present within the conference week in and week out.
Along with Garrison, the Pirates invested heavily in their defensive line during this recruiting cycle, the but JUCO transfer should have an advantage on them with his previous collegiate experience.
Like so many positions on the Pirates’ defense this year, expect the defensive line to feature some interesting position battles when preseason camp kicks off in late July and early August.