‘It's hard to compare to Clemson'

Jarrett Guarantano made four stops in the Carolinas this week. His tour began on Tuesday in Clemson and ended Wednesday on Tobacco Road.

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While in Clemson, the Bergen Catholic [Oradell, N.J.] picked up an offer from the Tigers. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound sophomore spoke with CUTigers on Wednesday night.

"I absolutely loved it. Just the campus atmosphere, all of the facilities and how polite the people were, coming from New York and New Jersey, you don't get the Southern hospitality like down here," he said of the Clemson trip.

"It was great to be able to talk to people and really have them show love and care about me and what I want to do with my future."

While on the Clemson campus, Guarantano had brief conversations with Dabo Swinney and Chad Morris.

"All of the coaches had gone to a clinic, I believe in Alabama, so I was getting toured by coach [Joe] Craddock. He's the offensive graduate assistant, so he was the one showing me around," Guarantano said.

News of the Clemson offer was passed along after the tour.

"We did the campus and academic things, went on the field, looked at Howard's Rock and everything, then we went into the meeting room where they watch film on all the prospects and we face time called the coaches, coach Swinney, coach [Tony] Elliott and coach Morris on face time -- coach Craddock did, so we talked for a minute or so," Guarantano said. "They said, ‘I hope you know that you have an offer to Clemson University.' And that I'm a person that has great talent and the ability to win the National Championship with them in a couple of years."

Hearing those words meant a lot.

"Well, Clemson has always been a place that I've always really liked and possibly wanted to commit to in the near future, but it really meant a lot to me, knowing that they had faith in me," Guarantano said. "They don't need to offer me as a sophomore, but since they did, it showed me how much they truly cared about me."

After Clemson, he visited South Carolina.

"It was OK. I mean, it's hard to compare to Clemson, but it was fine. It was good," he said.

UNC and Duke hosted him on Wednesday. The Tar Heels offered, joining Clemson and Rutgers.

"They were fine. Still, once again, Clemson is like a different atmosphere," Guarantano said. "I like North Carolina a lot. They impressed me a lot."

He'll stop by Virginia on Saturday before heading back home to New Jersey.

"That's where I want to play college football, in the south, except for a few colleges up north," Guarantano said. "Everything that I really want to accomplish is down south. There are a select few colleges up north that I would attend."

Tennessee could be his next offer. Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Notre Dame have also been in touch.

"I have a couple of favorites. I can't really discuss right now, because maybe a couple have offered and maybe a couple haven't," he said. "But I definitely know that, by this time next year, I'm going to be committed and going to a school that I really like."

In nine games as a sophomore, Guarantano completed 39-of-80 passes for 449 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 42 yards and two scores.

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