2017 Garbutt Holds ECU Offer

2017 defensive end Tyjuan Garbutt has seen his recruiting process grow in the past two months. IES caught up with Garbutt to talk about his ECU offer and more.

Just two months ago, Class of 2017 TyJuan Garbutt did not have any official offers. It wasn’t until after being pushed by his high school coach at Riverbend High School (Va.) to attend a camp at Pitt that the offers would start rolling in.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound defensive lineman now has 12 official offers as a rising junior. So far the list includes schools such as Michigan State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and East Carolina. Garbutt says that he has interest in all 12 and will take time to weigh all the options out.

“A lot changed within two months,” Garbutt said. “I went from being just a normal athlete trying to get one offer, to now when I’m still a hardworking athlete but I have all these offers, stars and rankings I didn’t know I was going to have.”

East Carolina came into the picture when coaches were visiting Riverbend high school to see a teammate of Garbutt’s. After being spotted by ECU, he has begun to develop a relationship with the school.

Garbutt is working on planning a visit to ECU. The athlete hopes to make the trip down within a few months, either for a game or just a visit to see the campus and the facilities and meet the staff.

Another thing that Garbutt talked about was the playmakers and game changers on the ECU roster. Saying that he really liked Justin Hardy and thought that he was overlooked receiver. ECU showing recruits that they can place their talent on NFL rosters is a boost for any recruiting process.

Without an official visit Garbutt ranks his current interest in the Pirates as a seven on a ten-point scale.

However it’s not all about football for Garbutt, one of is top factors is education. Hoping to become a veterinarian one day he would prefer a school that offered a major in that field.

Another factor that the defensive end is considering is early playing time. Garbutt hopes that as an underclassmen he can compete hard enough to earn quality playing time minutes.

The final factor for Garbutt is playing for a winning team. He hopes that the school he chooses will be able to play in bowl games in every year.

“It means a lot,” Garbutt said. “College is expensive and it means a lot to go to school for free and still be able to continue to play football. I feel blessed, not a lot kids get this opportunity to be able to play in college.”

As a sophomore, Garbutt finished with 70 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks. The class of 2017 recruit hopes to take the process slowly and be sure to look at all of the schools before he will make his final decision.

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