TU Pro Day: Keyarris Garrett Talks NFL Draft, Golden Hurricane Experience
TULSA, Oklahoma - The Tulsa football team had its Pro Day Thursday morning and for Golden Hurricane front runner and AAC receiving yards record holder Keyarris Garrett, the big day went pretty well.
“Me and my quarterback Joseph, we’ve been doing this stuff every day, like running the comebacks, the curls, stuff we’ve ran today so I was kind of already like prepared for that,” said Garrett. “They basically want to see, like, can I run, run routes. I’m a big tall guy; they want to see if I can sink my hips and run some come out, so I think I proved it today.”
That height could be an advantage in his battle for a spot in the NFL.
“I’m a big guy, what, six, 6’4”, like 220. So, I mean, that’s a big receiver. It ain’t really too many receivers like that, that can move, really come out they brakes like that,” explained Garratt. “So, I was trying to show them today that I can do it.”
The standout WR participated in the NFL Combine but says pro day was a different experience.
“Today was kind of a little different from the Combine,” Garrett stated. “At the Combine, there was a lot of receivers out there but today I was the only one out there, so really all eyes on me. I was just trying to make sure I made everything real smooth where I caught everything with my hands. So, that was really just a big adjustment from the Combine than being here.”
But despite Garrett’s recent performances, he says his journey to the league hasn’t been easy.
“It’s been kind of stressful because you know, you don’t know where you want to go and somebody tell you this but then you see this on the internet,” he explained. “The process kind of been, kind of been kind of hard but I don’t have any control over that. [The only one] that has control of that is God.”
Due to his size, coaches and scouts were surprised he could run a 4.53 in the 40-yard sprint.
“They was shocked with my time I ran in the 40,” said Garrett. “They was happy with that and today how I ran my routes. A lot of them didn’t think I could get out my breaks real smooth like those really short receivers, so I think I proved today that I could do that.”
Garrett says he hopes a team will take a chance on him because he feels he’s versatile and one of the best receivers in the draft.
As far as choosing to play at TU, Garrett says he doesn’t regret it.
“Tulsa means a lot to me, man. I’m glad that I picked this route to come here,” he stated. “I enjoyed my whole process here, and I wouldn’t change it for nothing.”