AL Lineman Likes Locals, But Will Look Around

Rodney Garrot is one of the best lineman prospects in the South and is getting a lot of early looks.

Sparkman linebacker Rodney Garrott is a talented prospect receiving looks from all over the South. Garrott talks about the schools showing interest, two in-state visits and college coaches visiting.

"Alabama, Memphis, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Duke, UAB, Ole Miss and Arkansas are the main schools showing interest," Garrott said. "I know Alabama is coming to practice Thursday, and Auburn is coming Wednesday. Arkansas came by last Friday. Ole Miss and Memphis are coming as well."

"Right now I don't have any favorites. I moved here from Texas last year. I don't know too much about these schools to name favorites."

Garrott talks about his visit to Alabama.

"I liked the atmosphere down in Tuscaloosa," he said. "The fans love their football. It reminded me of Texas. The coaches are real cool. I like coach [Chris] Ball. I like the linebackers coach [Joe Kines] style. He is old school, and I like that. I liked how the players get after it. They work hard."

The 6-2, 225-pound star had a nice trip to the Plains as well.

"Auburn's A-Day game was good too," he said. "I liked the scenery and the facilities. They have a nice weight room and locker room. They had all their former players who are now in the NFL there at the game. That was real cool to see."

"Overall, I think Auburn is a good school. I wouldn't mind playing for them. They put players in the league."

Garrrot recorded 74 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his junior season.

He talks about his strengths and what he hopes to improve before his senior season.

"First off, my passion for the game is one of my biggest strengths," Garrott said. "I have a nose for the football. I think my ability to hit someone is my biggest strength. I love to hit people."

"I want to become a technician at the linebacker position. I want everything to flow smoothly and be perfect out there on the field."

Garrott knows several key aspects he will consider when making his college decision.

"I will base my decision on where I can get the best education, the coaching staff, location and fan support," he said.

Garrott will particiapte in the All-American Combine in Tuscaloosa this Saturday, April 29

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