Garrett will consider FSU offer

Florida State is looking to sign one quarterback for the 2009 recruiting class. One of their top targets is Chris Garrett from Tupelo, MS. NoleDigest caught up with the Mississippi State commitment to talk about his recruitment and to see what role the offer from the Seminoles will play in his recruitment.

Chris Garrett has been one of the top signal callers in Mississippi since he was in the 8th grade. He has been the starter for Tupelo High since his sophomore season. The long-time Mississippi State fan committed to the Bulldogs last fall. "I committed to Mississippi State because I've always been a fan of them. They've had the same coaches since I've been in the 8th or 9th grade. I know them and I am comfortable with them. That's why I went ahead and committed. Right now, though I am keeping my options open," said Garrett.

Right now the talented quarterback is up to 5 offers. They're from some of the best teams in the nation. He said, "Right now I am up to 5 offers. They are from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU, Colorado and Florida State, who just offered me this past Friday. I'm also hearing from Nebraska, Maryland and Alabama. Those are the major ones right now."

While he is committed to Mississippi State, he tells NoleDigest that the offer from FSU is one he'll consider. The fact that they took the time to evaluate him and offer is impressive to Garrett. "I am going to consider FSU," explained Garrett. "They took the time to offer. Right now I don't know if I'll take a trip down there. I want to talk to the coaches and see what's up. If I can visit I'll probably take an official down there."

The coach recruiting Garrett is Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher. While Garrett hasn't gotten a chance to talk to him while he's been at Florida State, he is very familiar with Fisher from his time at LSU. He said, "I haven't talked to Coach Fisher or any other coaches at FSU. They've talked to my high school coaches, though. I talked to Fisher when he was at LSU. I love the guy. I think he is a really good coach and good to talk to. I think he has a great offensive mind."

Chris says that growing up he remembers FSU always playing on national television every Saturday night. The fact that FSU is looking to turn things around is not going to have a negative effect on the Seminoles. "Growing up is seemed like they (the Seminoles) were always on Saturday night big-time games. Teams are always going to go through bad times. They look like they are starting to turn things around," stated Garrett.

Garrett talks about what a school is going to have to do to pull him away from his commitment to the Bulldogs, saying, "If I take a trip and feel real comfortable with the coaches and school, I could be swayed. We'll see what happens. Right now I'd say I am a medium commitment. I like how they've turned things around and I believe in what Coach Croom is doing."

As one of the top quarterbacks in the south, he feels his game is ready for the college level. He feels that his speed is something he needs to work on. "I feel like I am a good leader. I love to play the game. I have pretty good accuracy and footwork. I'm a pure drop back passer right now, and working on my speed is what I'm working on," said Garrett.

Look for Chris to make a decision early in the fall because he intends to enroll early to the school of his choice. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Chris and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.


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