Haskell Garrett Provides Leadership For Ohio State Defense Needing It

Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is graduate defensive tackle Haskell Garrett. Yesterday it was linebacker Reid Carrico. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.

Haskell Garrett

No. 92 | Defensive Tackle | 6-2 300 | Graduate Senior | Bishop Gorman High School | Las Vegas, Nevada

How’d He Get Here

The Buckeyes went out to Las Vegas to sign Haskell Garrett, who attended Bishop Gorman High School in the nation’s good-time capital. Garrett received an offer from Ohio State in early February of 2016 and committed one week later. When he committed he was ranked the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation. His commitment to Ohio State didn’t stop him from visiting USC and Notre Dame shortly afterward, but it wasn’t enough to sway him from his Buckeye future. By the time the 2017 recruiting class was finalized, Garrett ranked as the No. 68 player overall and the No. 6 defensive tackle. Surprisingly, he was the No. 4 player in Nevada behind teammates Tyjon Lindsey, Tate Martell, and Bubba Bolden. Lindsey was a Buckeye commit for a while before ending up at Nebraska for a spell. Martell signed with Ohio State but eventually transferred to Miami for a spell. Garrett saw a little bit of time as a true freshman, then a little bit more as a sophomore. He was part of the rotation as a junior in 2019. As a senior he posted 20 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, and one pick six. For his efforts he was named a First-Team All-American by CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus. He was named Second-Team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Sporting News, and the Associated Press. Garrett chose to use the NCAA’s free year in order to play for a fifth season with the Buckeyes in 2021.

Current Situation

Haskell Garrett was held out this spring due to some medical procedures, but they were much less serious than the one he had to undergo last year after he was shot in the face while reportedly trying to intervene in an altercation between a man and a woman. Garrett spent the spring being another defensive line coach for the Buckeyes while also getting in as much of his own work as possible. He will be the leader of the defensive line and one of the leaders of this entire Ohio State football team. Garrett is the starter at three technique but could also spend some time at nose tackle for the Buckeyes.

What to Like

Well, considering that the Buckeyes are replacing four veteran linebackers and two starters on the defensive line, it is nice to have somebody so experienced returning on the defensive side of the ball. Garrett will help the defensive line be the strength of this squad. He is the anchor up front against the run and has shown an ability to penetrate into the backfield as a pass rusher. At this point in his career he’s seen it all and has found ways to combat most of it successfully. Haskell Garrett found a new lease on life after last year and made the most of his opportunity. There’s no reason to think that’s going to change this year.

What’s the Ceiling This Year?

With the loss of Tommy Togiai at nose tackle, the Buckeyes do need to find his replacement. If part of that answer is Haskell Garrett, then his ability to get into the backfield could suffer this year as he matches up against double teams, as opposed to just facing a guard when he’s playing the three tech spot. But given that he is a returning All-American, the ceiling is another All-American performance. Big plays in big games are to be expected, along with capping the season with possibly taking home some kind of individual trophy or two in the process.

And Beyond?

Haskell Garrett certainly could have gone off to the NFL after last season and was being projected somewhere in the third, fourth, or fifth-round range. He will be attempting to increase that projection with another productive season for the Buckeyes. When he does finally leave for the NFL, he’ll be looking to get there as a guy who won’t be pigeon-holed as a run stopper or a pass rusher. Instead, he’ll be getting there as a complete defensive tackle whose talent and effort work together to constantly push the line of scrimmage back into the quarterback’s lap.