Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Garrison Going Prep

Lawrence Academy has one of the most dominant prep school football programs in New England, so being able to play for them is a great opportunity for any kid from New Hampshire. Chris Garrison is taking advantage of that opportunity, as he is transferring to Lawrence Academy from Goffstown High.

Garrison started as a freshman for Goffstown in 2010. Then in last season as a sophomore he was a Division III 1st team all-state selection and helped lead the Grizzlies to a 6-2 record in the division and the #1 seed in the D-III playoffs. Garrison will be repeating his sophomore year at Lawrence Academy and reclassify to the Class of 2015.

Garrison is a dynamic two-way player who plays WR on offense and DB on defense. He is one of the state's top prospects at both positions. He has a rugged 6-foot-3 frame and good leaping ability - so if there's a pass down field up for grabs the chances are pretty good that Garrison's the one coming down with the football. He also has good speed and tackling ability.

Garrison is a legit college prospect and the transfer to Lawrence Academy will only help that. Not only will he be playing for a powerhouse program and against tougher competition, but reclassifying gives him another year to mature and get better. It also means that the he'll now be a year older than most of the kids who he'll be competing with for college looks.

Lawrence Academy is a prep school located in Groton, MA which competes in the Independent School League (ISL). They won back-to-back league championships in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 team had a whopping seven kids go on to play Division I college football. The other NH native on the Lawrence roster is junior lineman Andrew Crane, who is from Amherst, NH (right next to Goffstown).

Goffstown will still be a good team in 2012 with players like QB Connor Benjamin and RB Peter Shea coming back, but Garrison's transfer is definitely a tough loss for the program.

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