Angelo Garbutt feels like he’s just getting started when it comes to his high school career and a recruiting process that seems to be picking up steam by the day.
The Hebron outside linebacker/running back started on the varsity team for the first time as a junior last season and was overshadowed at times by Jamal Adams, a standout defensive back who signed with LSU and Treyvon Hughes, a running back who rushed for 1,459 yards before signing with UTEP
Garbutt will have a chance to start at linebacker and also play a prominent role at running back this season, when he is expecting to excel and attract the attention of colleges across the country.
The process has already begun. Both UNT and Oregon State have offered the 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete, as a linebacker.
Garbutt plans on waiting to see what other offers come his way in the next few months.
“I am going to wait until mid season to decide,” Garbutt said. “I have talked to my family and they want to see if something comes up. I have only played one year on varsity. Not everyone has seen what I can do yet.
“I think that I can really develop as a player this season. I was in Jamal’s shadow. With him being gone I will get more recognition now.”
Texas A&M came by this week to check in on Garbutt, who was a first-team All-District 5-5A selection as a junior as a linebacker in addition to rushing for 100 yards on an average of 6.3 yards a carry.
UNT jumped into the race to sign Garbutt early with offensive coordinator Mike Canales taking the lead role in recruiting the Hebron standout.
“I have gone to the campus and like the stadium,” Garbutt said of UNT. “I didn’t know they had a new stadium. That was nice. I am thinking about going on a visit to see the campus.”
UNT is also recruiting Hebron middle linebacker Clay Holford, who said this month that he is interested in UNT, which is the only school to offer him a scholarship so far.
“We are good friends,” Garbutt said. “If there is somewhere we are both interested in, that could be an option.”
Garbutt is content to wait and see what those options will be.
Mean Green blog recruiting series
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.