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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Three impress Watch List LB Garrett

By Jared Shanker

WESTMONT, Ill. -- Watch List linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) already planned to announce his decision at the 2014 U.S. Army All-America Game, but he is not so sure anymore.

Garrett, one of the Midwest’s most coveted junior prospects, already has several offers and his latest came Sunday while at Iowa for a junior day visit. The trip to Iowa City went so well that Garrett plans to make another one.

Clifton Garrett
2014 linebacker Clifton Garrett visited Iowa for its junior day and is planning another visit to Ohio State in February.
“I loved it. It was a great visit,” Garrett said. “I got a chance to get some personal time with the head coach [Kirk Ferentz]. I talked to my position coach [Levar Woods] and watched some film, went over defensive schemes. They showed me everything I wanted to see. I’m not sure when but I’m going to go back with my parents.”

Woods and Garrett did not go into too much detail, but Woods outlined the type of player the 6-foot-2, 218-pound linebacker would be in Iowa City.

“He told me if you’re a long and rangy linebacker you’re going to play the LEO position, covering receivers and slots,” Garrett said.

Ohio State has been toward the top of Garrett’s list for several months and he named the Buckeyes his leader during the summer but has since backed off that statement a bit. He has an upcoming trip to Columbus, though, a place he has already visited several times.

Garrett will be joined by both of his parents the weekend of Feb. 16, and this is the first time the focus will not be on football.

“When I go down with this trip it’ll be the first time we get to sit down and go over the academic things,” Garrett said. “We’ve seen everything from a football standpoint and that’s obviously top-notch.”

The Buckeyes are one team Garrett said is recruiting him hardest. Arizona State, Illinois, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are also showing him a lot of attention.

Ole Miss is making a major impact in the Midwest, landing ESPN 150 prospects Elijah Daniel and Laquon Treadwell, a former Core 6 teammate, this month.

“Coach [Hugh] Freeze wants to get some of the top people. He’s coming after us hard and some of us are responding,” Garrett said. “I’m going to go down for a visit and see if I like it.”