It's A Family Affair for Auburn Commitment

Justin Garrett, Auburn's newest commitment, discusses his courtship by the Tigers, why he picked Auburn and his skills as a football player.

Tucker, Ga.--For Justin Garrett family is a big deal.

Auburn's newest commitment says the "family feeling" he gets when he visits Auburn's football program is a major reason why he announced on Tuesday night that he will sign with Coach Gene Chizik's team.

"I love the coaching staff," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Everybody is so energetic. They are like family over there. I know they coach their players hard, but they take their players to the next level and they are going to win the SEC Championship in the next couple of years and the next one is the national championship. I feel like Auburn is the right fit for me."

A regular visitor to Auburn while he has been recruited by a large number of colleges, he notes that after the Tigers moved to the top of his list of a dozen scholarship offers he wanted to bring his parents to the campus to meet the coaching staff, tour the facilities and make sure they would agree with him about Auburn.

"It was a priority for me to bring my parents to Auburn," he says of his trip last weekend. "I already knew Auburn was the school for me before I went down there that day. I just went down there to finalize and make sure they liked it, too."

After his parents gave their son their approval of the decision he wanted to chose a college before his senior season started. "It feels good to get the decision done so now I can concentrate on high school football," he says. "We start practice on Wednesday."

Garrett says that high school football will be his focus, along with academics, and notes that he is finished with recruiting. "I am 100 percent committed to Auburn," he says.

Currently 6-2, 196 pounds and growing, Garrett plays outside linebacker and expects that will be his position when he gets to Auburn.

"They want me to play will (weakside) linebacker," he says. "I play it right now and I cover a lot of people one on one and I can come up and make the real big hit. I am the strongest hitter on my team.

"I can come on the blitz and make sacks and I am a lot faster than everybody out there for high school football," he says. "I make a lot of tackles on running backs and I can cover tight ends."

Justin Garrett runs a cone drill in the spring.

In this era of college football, it is a huge plus to find linebackers who can run well and excel in pass coverage."I used to be a linebacker and then I was moved to safety before I came back down to linebacker," says Garrett, who points out that he has experience in the secondary.

A player who runs a 4.51 40-yard dash, he has steadily grown throughout high school and believes that trend will continue. "I think I will be able to get to 235 pounds,"?he says.

Garrett points out that he wants to major in exercise science in college and that he has a 3.3 core grade point average at Tucker High School where he is excited about his football team's prospects.

"We are going to win the state championship this year," he predicts. "We went 9-3 last year."

Garrett also plans to wrestle as a senior and run the sprints for the Tucker High track and field team. "I am thinking about doing the jumps, too, next season," he says.

He says a trio of SEC teams were Auburn's major competition including the Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers. However, he says the choice of Auburn is a clear one for him. "I have been there the most and I am comfortable there," he says. "I like it every time I go there more and more."

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