Ohio State fans woke up Sunday morning to some scary news. Senior defensive tackle Haskell Garrett, it was reported, had been shot in the face near the school’s campus and found by police. Garrett was taken to the hospital but was in stable condition.
According to the report, police officers found blood on the street and a shell casing on the 400 block of Chittenden Ave. near Ohio State’s campus and followed it to an apartment on East 11th Ave. where they found Garrett with a through-and-through gunshot wound in his cheek. The Columbus Police Department did not release any more information about the shooting and asked for any information on a potential suspect to be sent to them.
On Monday morning, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day released a statement, updating that Garrett is doing well, is expected to recover and thanking all of those involved.
Below is Day’s full statement:
Haskell Garrett has been receiving excellent care at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for the injuries he received on Sunday. We anticipate he will be released from the Medical Center this morning. On behalf of his family and this football program, we would like to thank all those who have been a part of Haskell’s treatment and we are grateful that he will be heading home today. We will continue to help him and his family any way we can to expedite his recovery.
Garrett was a four-star recruit and the country’s sixth-ranked defensive tackle prospect out of Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School in the 2017 recruiting class, per the 247Sports Composite. He committed to Ohio State over offers from Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma Oregon and other top programs.
In his first three seasons with the Buckeyes, Garrett has played largely in a reserve or rotational role, seeing action in 33 games. He managed 20 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and one pass defended over the last three years.
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Garrett, the Big Ten’s highest-graded returning defensive tackle for the 2020 season according to Pro Football Focus, was expected to step into a bigger role this season after the departures of DaVon Hamilton, Jashon Cornell and Robert Landers from last year’s team.