Georgia LB Has Auburn On Top

Tucker linebacker Justin Garrett talks about his Saturday trip to Auburn and why the Tigers are his favorite.

Tucker, Ga.--One of Georgia's top linebacker prospects took another trip to Auburn on Saturday and left with the Tigers at the top of his list after showing his parents Carl and Debbie Garrett what he's seen on his several trips. Tucker standout Justin Garrett has a dozen offers with a solid top five, but notes there's something special about Auburn and he wanted to share that with his family.

"I wanted to bring my family, my mom and dad, to see the campus and the football staff," Garrett said. "My mom went there with my brother (Notre Dame safety Jamoris Slaughter) before when he was being recruited. That's it though. I just wanted them to see the school I'm really interested in.

"They really liked it a lot," he added. "It would be a great decision if I were to go there."

Family is something that is constantly preached by the Auburn coaching staff and it's something that Garrett said is important to him as well. Because of that getting the approval of his parents wherever he winds up going is the first order of business for the 6-1, 195-pounder.

"It's very important," Garrett said. "I want to make sure I have their approval of the school I go to before I commit."

With a top five of Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee coming into the visit and still all five in the mix after his trip, Garrett said at the moment he's got a firm leader and it's the Tigers.

"Auburn is number one right now," Garrett said. "They are the school I've been to the most. I've had a chance to talk to the coaches the most. They've recruited me the most. I've had a chance to hang out with some of the players and talk to Neiko Thorpe who goes there.

"He's telling me it would be a great decision," he added. "He said you just have to come in and work hard and you'll have a chance to get on the field and shine."

Something that works in Auburn's favor at the moment is the relationship Garrett has built with the coaching staff on his visits. Getting a chance to add to that on Saturday as well as see more of the campus, he said that's something he's getting more and more comfortable with every time.

"I know they are hard and tough coaches but they'll get me where I need to be," Garrett said. "They have a great coaching staff there. They'll have a chance to win the national championship and SEC Championship.

"I feel real good about him," he added of Roof. "I feel great. To have him be my coach and defensive coordinator would be good. I know he would prepare me for the next level."

Hoping to make a decision in the next month, Garrett said he doesn't have any more visits planned as he prepares for his senior season with practices starting on Wednesday. When the time comes he said it's just going to come down to a comfort level for him.

"I think I want to try to get it out of the way before football season begins," Garrett said. "It's going to be the school I felt most comfortable at after all my visits."


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