Alhough a ticket to Nike’s “The Opening” is akin to a visit to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, there’s nothing sweet about Halawa native Haskell Garrett’s mindset heading into the nation’s most elite prep football camp next week.
“It’s a business trip.” Garrett said. “All of these competitions are all business trips.”
Back home to visit family in Hawai’i this week, Garrett is making sure he stays ready for the competition he will face at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
“Even here, I’ve been in the gym working hard and getting ready for The Opening.”
Despite two national championship rings, a commitment to Ohio State, and 15 other scholarship offers, Garrett has a chip on his shoulder.
The 6’2″ 298 lb. defensive lineman for Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) High School wants to earn a fifth star with his performance this weekend.
“That matters a lot to me,” Garrett said. “Not that the stars matter, but being able to considered as a five-star and an elite athlete means a lot to me.”
The senior-to-be is ranked as one of the highest ranked four-star players in the nation as the 32nd overall prospect in America by Scout.com.
“Moving from here to Las Vegas and being honored at The Opening, representing all of Polynesia and all of Hawaii, it’s just a blessing and an honor.”
“The Opening” runs from July 5-10. Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is ranked a spot below Garrett by Scout.com, will also be attending the prestigious camp.
Garrett’s Gaels teammate Palaie Gaoteote was rated by the recruiting service as the 11th best junior in the nation this week. Gaoteote holds 14 scholarship offers.
Bishop Gorman will face off with reigning Hawai’i state champion Kahuku on September 17th.