Tavares Garner’s recruiting stock soared during the spring evaluation period, which gave the longtime Texas Tech commit reason for pause. He had jumped on the Red Raider offer months prior and began to wonder if exploring his options wasn’t the best course of action. The 6-0, 175-pounder then watched as the offers A&M, West Virginia, UCLA, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Baylor and Michigan State, piled up. Tavares didn’t take long to trim his list of favorites. After camping at LSU, he essentially zeroed in on A&M, Texas and Baylor – before choosing the Aggies.
In Garner, Mark Snyder, Marcel Yates and the A&M defense added one of the state’s most aggressive, physical and confident defenders. His in-your-face approach at corner and his skills to thrive in man-to-man and zone coverage are exactly what the Aggies are looking for. Tavares’ intensity and supreme confidence will also be welcome Wrecking Crew additions. More often than not, the long-armed and well-built cornerback will be stronger than receivers lined up in front of him. He will make it incredibly difficult for receivers to get off the jam at the line of scrimmage.
As a junior, Garner emerged as one of the state’s best while totaling 48 tackles, picking off four passes and recovering a pair of fumbles. He also broke up 19 passes as Manvel rolled to its first berth in the Class 4A state championship game. In 2012, he earned 22-5A first team All-District mention and Class 5A second team All-State honors.
The 6-0, 180-pounder is going to be a beast in the A&M secondary after a year or two under Larry Jackson’s tutelage. He’s also far enough along in his physical development to compete for early playing time.
Stats2011: 48 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 FR
2012: 35 tackles, 5 INTs, 1 FR, 9 PBUs
Honors2012: 22-5A First Team All-District; Offense-Defense All-American; 5A Second Team All-State (AP); 5A All-Region III Second Team (TXHSFB)