Dustin Garrison is a 5-foot-8, 160-pound running back from Pearland High School in Houston. So the Texas ties of new offensive coordinator and eventual WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen and his new offensive staff apparently are paying off. Garrison is the second Texan in a week to commit, although the first - Flower Mound High School quarterback Paul Millard - will come as a walk-on at first.
Garrison wasn't highly recruited because of his size, but he put up huge numbers for a Pearland team that went 16-0 and won the Texas 5A state championship by beating Euless Trinity in the title game in front of 43,321 at Cowboys Stadium. Garrison ran for 2,827 yards and scored 51 touchdowns.
The neat story with Garrison, though, is that he never planned on growing up and playing high school football in Houston. That is, he didn't until Hurricane Katrina wiped out his family's home in New Orleans when he was 12.
Garrison's family - his parents and two siblings - evacuated New Orleans two days before the hurricane hit and went to Houston and stayed in a hotel. When they went back to New Orleans, their home was gone.
So rather than return and rebuild, Garrison's family went back to Houston and made it their home.
He wore No. 29 at Pearland because Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on Aug. 29.
And finally, apparently new Pitt coach Todd Graham is burning more than a few bridges in his exit to Pitt. At least two high school players who had committed to Graham and Tulsa before he changed jobs are now reportedly following him to the Big East.
Just think, if Rich Rodriguez had been that successful - think Terrelle Pryor - in his first-day-on-the-job phone calls, he might still be the coach at Michigan. (Well, that and any semblance of a defense).
And speaking of Rodriguez, his staff is finding landing spots, too. Those who weren't hired by Graham at Pitt (Calvin Magee, Tony Gibson, Tony Dews) are headed to Indiana to work for new head coach Kevin Wilson. Rod Smith, the Franklin native who was Rodriguez's quarterbacks coach, is now the offensive co-coordinator for the Hoosiers and Greg Frey is the team's line coach.
Just so you know.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.