Following the death of UTEP tight end Luke Laufenberg last year after a lengthy battle with cancer, UTEP decided to award the right to wear his no. 2 jersey rather than retire it. Last year, running back Quardraiz Wadley wore the jersey, and this year wide receiver Justin Garrett stepped up to wear the jersey.
The number 2 doesn’t tell Garrett’s whole story. He was homeless at times as a kid growing up in Compton, California, but has persevered to become one of the best receivers in Conference USA.
Garrett has had to overcome quite a bit. His sister Jessica passed away, he has been homeless and the kid just keeps working. Well let me tell you why I love Justin Garrett.
As a junior, he led the Miners with 40 receptions for 446 yards and three touchdowns. Garrett compiled 370 yards receiving in the last six games of the 2019 season alone.
This year Garrett is already off to a terrific start. He has 287 yards receiving and 1 touchdown in four games. His best game was last week against Louisiana-Monroe. Garrett is a physical wide receiver with great hands. The 6010 wide out is able to channel his rough upbringing to success. That is not easy to do. Garrett is more mature than most kids his age, and I think he will be a dominant force in the NFL.
NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes
Justin Garrett is making the most of the coronavirus. UTEP has been able to play four games already and Garrett has been a rising star. Because they are playing now, scouts have their eyes fixated on him. Garrett has a way to channel his inner emotions to the football field and it is impressive. After losing his sister, teammate and overcoming homelessness, Garret is on the verge to getting a huge payoff. The NFL will be a viable option for this kid, and we are rooting for him. Keep Grinding NUMBER #2! – Damond Talbot, Owner, NFL Draft Diamonds