Focus 2016: Layton Garnett
Layton Garnett
Layton Garnett
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Oct 17, 2013
Mike Coppage

Keep reading this free feature to learn about West Monroe linebacker Layton Garnett, the only sophomore defensive starter for the Rebels...

Layton Garnett is quick to give credit for his success to the West Monroe coaching staff, in particular linebackers coach Rob Arledge and head coach Jerry Arledge.

"Coach Rob is a great influence on me with his character and how he coaches," Garnett said. "He and Coach Jerry always have us mentally prepared. We're always the last ones out of the film room."

After dropping two of three out of the gate, West Monroe has won three in a row entering tomorrow's district grudge match at Ruston.

"The season is going good," Garnett said. "There's a lot of things I need to work on, but right now it's going really good for the team and me.

"We've been progressing a lot. It was really important that we beat Calvary Baptist because they're such a strong, balanced team passing and running. It was a really good learning experience for everybody."

With recruiting, Garnett's open to all suitors.

"I'm keeping my options open," he said. "I'm not favoring any one school. If I had to pick one it would be LSU, but I just want to play D-1 college ball. I'll do anything to reach that goal."

Garnett says his best game was in a 44-14 week four rout of Airline.

"I don't think I had a run get by me," he recalled. "It was a pretty good personal achievement. It was probably my best game by far. I need to work on pass coverage and am willing to do anything to improve."

Garnett, who broke the school record for freshmen in the power clean last year by three reps (10 X 250 lbs.), is still learning the nuances of the linebacker position after spending time at defensive end earlier during his career.

He's very interested in all the state schools, as well as Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama.

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