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NORTH BERGEN, N.J. - Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic quarterback Jarrett Guarantano made a handful of visits this spring and has five offers.

Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic quarterback Jarrett Guarantano shared playing time as a sophomore, but plenty of colleges see him as much more.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Guaratano, who is expected to start as a junior, already holds offers from Clemson, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rutgers an Virginia and is expected to throw for Auburn next week.

Plenty of other schools are also watching Guarantano's development, and is being told there are numerous things they like in him as a prospect.

"They see a kid that has a very strong arm, and is accurate, can move, can make plays up and down the field, and very elusive," Guarantano said. "Really, a passer first but can also open up the run."

He completed 39 of 80 pass attempts for 449 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions last season, and has performed well on the camp and combine circuit in the last year.

He spoke about each of his offers, as well as what he learned during is Auburn visit.

Auburn: "They said the offer was on the table. They just had to come see me in school and that was it. They said they were going to come see me throw and then it would be official.

"Auburn was a great place to be at. I feel like their offense is dynamic and can fit me, and most likely will, because it runs something basic to what my school runs. It should be fun to see what happens in the recruiting process with them."

Clemson: "I liked everything about it. It was a great school to be at. The coaching staff, the atmosphere there was very different. It was really just Clemson there. Nothing else. All the kids there had great personalities. They were all friendly."

Virginia: "I love the coaching staff. He's a great guy, great coach. He knows what he's talking about with the pro-style offense. We went over a few plays and I liked it."

North Carolina: "I loved it. The campus was the nicest part of it. Everybody was out. Everybody was enjoying themselves. I loved the colors. I love baby blue. They have everything (tied) to the football program, and basketball, so everything is focused on that. The coaching staff kept it real with me and told me they loved me as a player."

Nebraska: "I talk to them once a week. It's a place my dad went on an official visit to, and they offered him. He was telling me a little bit about it, and he liked it. I like (quarteracks) coach (Tim) Beck."

Rutgers: "Rutgers has always been a place that's been in my heart. It's a place when I was there as a baby. It's a place I go to every year, or twice a year, just to be there."

Although Guaratano recently tweeted he was getting close a decision, he said his game plan is to make one a few months after his junior season.

"That's when I will really start narrowing things down and really start thinking about it," he said. "I want to commit to a place and be one of the best recruiters at that school, recruiting wide receiver and running backs and the best players possible to get on the team."

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