Four-Star LB Ready For Auburn Visit

A talented linebacker prospect talks about his official visit to Auburn and his senior season.

Tucker, Ga.--A four-star prospect and the number 14 ranked outside linebacker in the country, Auburn commitment Justin Garrett has already seen enough of the Tigers and coach Gene Chizik's program to feel comfortable able his decision.

This weekend the high school senior gets to add to his Auburn experience when he takes his official visit to the Plains to see the Tigers open practice for the BCS Championship Game coming up on Jan. 10 against Oregon in Glendale, Ariz.

"I'm pretty excited about my visit," Garrett tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm coming over with my family. I'm just ready to see what the campus is really like and how the students act and how the players are while getting ready for a big bowl game. I'm just ready to see the atmosphere in Auburn."

One of the biggest things for players visiting this weekend is having the opportunity to watch the Tigers practice as they begin to get ready for the title game. Garrett says that's an opportunity he's really looking forward to.

"It's really exciting to see the team I chose playing for a national championship," Garrett said. "I wasn't expecting all of this and it's just great to see my team fighting for a national championship."

Seeing Auburn finish things off would make for a special feeling for Garrett even though he's not part of the team just yet. Building a bond with the players and coaching staff on this team, Garrett notes that watching them play this season has brought him happiness.

"It has been really exciting," Garrett says. "They have been doubted all season long they have proved everybody wrong and now they're playing for a national championship. You couldn't want anything more."

Finishing his senior year 13-1 with a heartbreaking loss just one game away from the state championship round, Garrett's squad had a big year and he was part of the reason why. Finishing the year with just under 70 tackles despite teams running away from him, Garrett added four sacks and a pair of caused fumbles in 2010.

"I think I had a really good season this year but we came up just a little bit short," Garrett says. "In the semi-finals we lost 20-19. I'm going to continue to work hard though and get ready to get to Auburn next year."

Currently 6-1 1/2, 195 pounds, Garrett says his main goal now is to become bigger and stronger before he reports to Auburn next summer. He said he hopes to be between 205-210 pounds when he joins the Tigers next year.

Garrett will participate in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Friday Dec. 31 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and sign with Auburn in February. He doesn't plan to take any other visits.

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