Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Kobe Garrett patiently waited for his turn to be the Fort Dorchester quarterback, but once the job was his he made the most of it.
Garrett, now a rising senior, joined the Patriots varsity team as a sophomore. While he had become accustomed to playing a lot during recreational, middle school and JV ball, once he reached the varsity level his coaches wanted him first and foremost to stay healthy in case their starter didn’t, and secondly to learn the team’s offensive scheme. Therefore, Garrett received limited playing time that season.
Apparently he learned his lessons well because he stepped in as the starter last year and totaled nearly 3,000 yards of offense. He was named to both the All-region and All-Lowcountry teams.
Topping that this season is no small feat, but the QB says that isn’t what he’s out to do.
“Personally, I’m just looking to finish here on a good note,” he said. “As a team, we want to be undefeated at home, beat our rivals and make a good playoff run. Our main challenge is replacing some of our big players we lost from last year. We had a lot of big-play ability but if we can find a way to replace it we should be ok.”
Part of his coaches’ plan for replacing that big-play ability involves using Garrett in multiple positions this season. Coaches feel good about their depth at quarterback so they are looking to get the senior more involved by likely using him as a QB, receiver, running back and kick returner.
“I’m excited about being able to show my talents and being able to help the team in ways other than throwing the ball,” Garrett said.
In addition to what it could do for the team, the extra touches could also help Garrett individually. He wants to play college ball, but only has one solid offer so far. Showing his versatility could get more scouts interested.
“Because of my height, there will probably be more teams interested in me as an athlete than there will wanting me to be their quarterback anyway,” he said.
When he gets to college, he wants to major in food nutrition.
Whatever position he lines up at this season, coaches will look for Garrett to be their general on the field. Of course, he is used to that.
“Being the quarterback, it comes with the territory so I embrace it,” he said. “People are going to look to me anyway so if I didn’t it would be a wasted opportunity.”
A lot of players like to listen to rap or rock music to get pumped up before a game. Garrett gears his pregame routine more toward getting focused.
“I like listening to mellow music and classical music,” he said. “Before a game, I usually listen to something like Frank Ocean because it helps calm me down.”
When he isn’t playing, practicing, studying the playbook or just studying, Garrett likes to watch TV.
“I like to sit around with my girlfriend and just watch Netflix, maybe something like ‘That 70’s Show,’ and just relax,” he said.