One of the biggest villains in recent MSU history was a teenager who never played for or against the Bulldogs. Chris Garrett, a quarterback from Tupelo High School, originally gave a verbal commitment to State, which at the time was coached by Sylvester Croom.
But then Garrett reversed field, de-committed (is that a word?) and chose LSU instead. This is not an unusual move for a high school kid, but it angered many MSU fans, especially since the Garretts have been MSU season-ticket holders for years, and his father, David, is a former president of MSU’s Lee County Alumni Association.
Now, after a year-and-a-half at LSU (he enrolled in January 2009 and was redshirted last fall), Garrett and the Tigers are parting ways (story access requires a Rivals.com subscription). The gist of things: Garrett wasn’t getting a lot of reps and was buried on the depth chart, so he asked coach Les Miles on Wednesday to be released from his scholarship.
A condition of his release is that Garrett cannot transfer to any other SEC school – except MSU. So that’s interesting (some might call it delicious irony). Garrett has always professed his love for the Bulldogs, even after committing to LSU.
Garrett would have to sit out a year, of course, due to NCAA transfer rules. He could play right away if he transferred to a school at the Division I-AA level or lower. The story says he’s drawn interest from Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Louisiana, Sam Houston State and Northwestern (La.) State.
If Garrett came to MSU, he’d immediately make quarterback a deep position. Junior Chris Relf and redshirt freshman Tyler Russell are currently battling for the starting job, and true freshman Dylan Favre has already wowed teammates. Once Garrett became eligible in 2011, State could have all four of those guys competing for the starter’s job. That would be fun to watch.
I’ve left a message with David Garrett to get his thoughts. I’ll update this if he calls me back.