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RBR Junior Garrett Sickels, 50th Top Overall High School Football Player in the Nation, 2nd in His Position, Signs with Penn State
Little Silver: After 23 offers from prestigious and powerhouse football colleges like Alabama, Boston College, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Stanford, and Notre Dame, to name a few, Red Bank resident and Red Bank Regional (RBR) Junior, Garrett Sickels has decided to play for Penn State after his high school graduation in 2013. Garrett is ranked as the top 50th overall high school football player in the nation, and 2nd in the nation for his position of weak-side defensive end. That is based on a junior year with stats including 76 tackles and 10 sacks. By the springtime in his sophomore year, the phones were ringing off the hook and he began to receive scholarship offers to play college football.
Garrett first visited Penn State during the summer of his sophomore year. He had a very good feeling about the university then, which was only solidified with his most recent personal meetings this winter with the players and coaches.
“I already felt like part of the family there,” he states, adding, “I liked that they (the coaching staff) really care about you as a person, both academically as well as athletically.”
Probably one of the deciding factors to attend Penn State was the strong academic opportunities in a major that could lead to a business or law career in the athletic industry. Garrett is a strong, straight honor roll student, and is enrolled in RBR’s Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the high school’s Student to Student Peer Leaders. He also volunteers his time and talents tutoring elementary and middle school children in his community.
His Principal, Risa Clay states of her star student, “Garrett is an amazing young man. It is not often that you find a student that is not only a gifted athlete but also has a wonderful personality and a solid character. He is a positive leader at RBR in every sense of the word. Garrett is also a strong student and a role model for his peers.”