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Garwood credits role models in road to Division I recruit

Adam Garwood ran for 166 yards in Los Gatos' 56-23 win over Mountain View. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Adam Garwood ran for 166 yards in Los Gatos' 56-23 win over Mountain View. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Everyone who’s been there for Los Gatos senior running back and outside linebacker Adam Garwood has been part of this incredible journey to the top.

Garwood, one of the top rushers and athletes in the Bay Area and Northern California, has been a massive success ever since he became a Los Gatos Wildcat. He put in the time and long hours to reach this point.

But all he can do is thank those who were there from the beginning. 

“I’ve got a lot of role models,” Garwood said. “My coaches especially, some of my teammates have been with me since Pop Warner. Eight years with some of these guys. Just my role models, my older brother, a couple of uncles, my dad. They always help me and have given me the push to be great.”

In his three years on varsity, Garwood has put up gaudy numbers and improved his production every single time he touches the field.

On 19 carries as a sophomore, Garwood totaled 182 yards and three touchdowns, equating to 9.6 yards per carry. He ran for 102 yards in the first game he ever appeared in as a varsity student-athlete.

Once Garwood became a junior, it was game over for opposing defenses. He ran for 1,260 yards – the 11th-most in the Central Coast Section, according to statistics available on MaxPreps – and his 20 touchdown runs were tied for the eighth-most in the section. Garwood also added two receiving touchdowns, 50 tackles, six tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.

Garwood went for more as a senior, placing an emphasis on adding more speed and weight.

“I put on about 25 pounds, 20 pounds,” Garwood said. “Just focused more on speed and a lot of weight room stuff.”

Now, Garwood is dominating again, as he is up to the most rushing yards (467) and touchdowns (10) in the CCS while lifting the Wildcats to a perfect 3-0 mark and a No. 9 Bay Area ranking ahead of Thursday’s 7 p.m. tilt at No. 15 Wilcox. Those 10 rushing scores are No. 3 in California.

All three contests thus far have been big ones for Garwood, who is a threat to score whenever he is given the football, averaging 13.7 yards per carry and amassing 160 yards in each of the last two games.

Two FCS programs in Cal Poly and the University of San Diego have offered Garwood, who said he doesn’t have a commitment date set and is taking it day by day.

“They’re both great schools,” Garwood said. “The thing I like most is they took a chance with me, and I’m not going to overlook that. I really appreciate those schools giving me a shot.”

The largest current goal for Garwood is to continue this success with his Los Gatos teammates.

“Goals for the team just be the best we can be, beat the next two teams and league champs,” Garwood said.

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