Overall, Aaron Garland has good athletic ability and is a player I could see making some exciting plays at UConn. I could see the UConn coaches using him on special teams a lot early on because he has the speed to return and he isn't scared to hit. He has what scouts would call a "heavy shoulder", meaning that when he hits, he hits hard. At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, he has decent size to cover some of the bigger receivers and enough weight to be effective against the run.
Garland is rated as a 3-star prospect by both Rivals and 247Sports and held offers from seven MAC schools including regional powerhouse Northern Illinois. He also had an offer from Nevada and interest from the Big Ten. He hails from Fenwick High in Oak Park, Illinois.
The only downside I see in Garland's game is that he could use better technique when back pedaling. There were many times on film, where he stood up too tall in his back pedal, got turned all the way around, and couldn't recover in time to make a play on the ball. I'm sure the coaches will work on that and he'll be successful.
1.What position(s) did you play in high school and what are you planning on playing at UConn?
I played corner in high school, with a bit of safety. I'm excited to play corner at UConn!
2. What made you choose UConn over the other options you had?
I chose Uconn due to the great coaching staff and the culture they are developing. Also, I loved campus and could see myself exceeding academically.
3. Favorite workout pump-up song right now?
My favorite workout song is "40 mil" by Tyga.
4. What are your goals for yourself and the team during your time at UConn?
My goal is to become the best football player possible and a champion. My team goals are to win championships.
5. What are you most excited for this coming fall?
This fall im excited to see the hard work from the offseason pay off. I'm also excited to play at The Rent with the fans screaming!!
6. What are some interesting things about yourself that you would like UConn fans to know?
I love to play poker and I was class president at my high school. I'm from a suburb in Illinois called Oak Park, right next to the city of Chicago. I also come from a big family of 10 so I am a family man. I'll also do whatever it takes to win.