Garrett was transported to the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, where he is in stable condition following the shooting, which was reported at 12:28 a.m.
Officers found blood in the street and one shell casing at the scene. The officers followed a trail of blood about two blocks to where Garrett was found with a through-and-through gunshot wound in his cheek.
The Columbus police department has not released any information about a suspect and is not providing any other information about the shooting at this time.
A senior from Las Vegas, Garrett has played in 33 games for Ohio State and had 10 total tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss last season.