Devon Garnett has had an interesting path.
Garnett started his high school career at Dunedin in 2008, and played for the Falcons his freshman and sophomore year. He transferred to Clearwater Central Catholic for his junior and senior seasons, and graduated in 2012.
He signed with Stetson, and played one season with the Hatters. He caught 13 passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns his freshman season.
Garnett parted ways with Stetson, and is on the move. The Clearwater product committed to Fairmont State, which is located in West Virginia, and is eligible to play this fall. He will be playing wide receiver for the Falcons.
"I decided to commit to Fairmont for a couple reasons. One big reason was the coaching staff and their vision for the direction of the program," Garnett told FlaVarsity.com. "Fairmont is something totally different from what I am used to around here in Florida and I want to experience something new. When I stepped foot on campus it just seemed like the right fit."
Fairmont State has several players from Pinellas County on roster including six incoming freshman - Cortavious Givens (Farragut), Chris Jackson (Lakewood), Jaquez President (Gibbs),
Antonio Harris (Pinellas Park),
Chris White, (St. Petersburg Catholic), and
Tyrae Boykins (Lakewood).
Fairmont State has heavily targeted Pinellas County. Falcons' defensive coordinator Chris Harvey is the son in law of Clearwater Central Catholic head coach John Davis. Harvey was a big reason that Garnett and the other talented Pinellas County products are headed to Fairmont, and deserves a ton of credit.
"I really like the fact that a lot of players from Pinellas County go to Fairmont," said Garnett. "In my opinion a lot of these guys who signed with Fairmont are from Pinellas are division one players, but for some reason they were slept on by a lot of these bigger schools. I'm excited to get on the field so we can show all of West Virgina what Pinellas County has to offer.
"It definitely makes me more comfortable going up to West Virginia with people who are all from your area. So when it gets really cold you have ten other guys who know exactly how you feel."
For Garnett, being able to extend his football career means the world to him. He will be majoring in sports management and plans on working for a sports agency representing NFL players.
"I feel blessed to be able to be in this position right now," said Garnett. "After leaving Stetson, I thought I played my last downs of football because I didn't think I'd be able to find a school that would want me and that I would actually be interested in going to. It's even better that I get to continue my football career with two of my high school teammates Jordan Adderly and Calvin Pringles."
Garnett will be a redshirt sophmore this season. He's a 5-foot-11, 175-pound playmaker who is capable of handling punt and kick return duties.