Plainfield South (Ill.) 2014 linebacker Clifton Garrett, who recently made his debut in the Scout 100 for 2014, added offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, UCLA, USC, LSU, Virginia Tech and Tennessee in the past ten days.
He now holds 25 offers, and several are standing out.
"Right now, I have to say LSU is making a huge impression on me, along with Ole Miss, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Florida is definitely in that league," Garrett said. "Ohio State is still in there, and Tennessee actually."
Since offering Garrett, LSU has been very active in recruiting the Plainfield, Ill., standout.
"I have always kind of been an LSU fan and I remember when I was in 7th grade that I saw their entrance video when I started playing football, that and just the tradition they have is great," Garrett said. "They are one of the big schools in the SEC, and they have a good academic program."
Plus, Garrett likes the coaching staff, which he is working on getting to know better right now.
"I have talked to Coach Miles and my position coach often he seems like a good guy," Garrett said. "They told me I am their number one linebacker on the board in 2014, so I want to get down there and see everything for myself."
Another of his newest offers, came from USC.
"I was thinking of taking a visit down there, maybe on spring break with my parents," Garrett said. "The Trojans have a rich tradition and they are always winning, I am curious to learn more and see everything for myself and get a feel for the campus and coaches."
What is setting that list of schools apart for Garrett?
"Right now all those schools are standing out, and they all have really good defense and can get me to the NFL which is my ultimate goal," Garrett said. "Most of them have really good academics which is important to me too and they have really good coaching staffs."
One of Garrett's most recent offers is perhaps one that intrigues him the most.
"My mom and I were looking online at Tennessee's program and we are definitely going to go down there for a visit," Garrett said. "I want to get out there to see everything in person."
Garrett has one visit coming up pretty fast -- to Ole Miss.
"I am going to be visiting to Ole Miss next weekend actually," Garrett said. "I think Laquon might come down too he told me."
Garrett plans on taking several visits in the next several months, there are several things that are important to him.
"I know the coaches are doing a great job recruiting me but the main thing I want to see is the coaches tell me where I stand and be real with me," Garrett said. "I want to see the difference in the coaches, also want to see where I am on their recruiting board and their depth chart at linebacker."
He continued, "If they have 6 or 8 linebackers already I am not trying to go there, because I will just be a number."
That's not all the four-star linebacker is looking for in a school.
"I am also looking for the campus and atmosphere because I have to live there for four years so the people will make a big difference," Garrett said. "And I want to win championships so that is important to me too."
And although most schools that Garrett is hearing from have already pulled the trigger and offered him, there is one that just recently made contact.
"I have heard from Oregon a couple of days ago," Garrett said. "They were telling me that they don't really offer people without seeing them, but they are very interested in me and their linebackers coach loved my tape.
Standing out to Garrett
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