Florida interests Garrett "a lot"

When you have a top 10 defense for the last two years and a linebacker coach that will see two of his players from a year ago playing in the NFL this year, there are going to be linebackers interested in playing at your school. Florida will lose Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins to the NFL this year and is hoping to refill its stock at the position. Clifton Garrett would fit that need quite nicely.

The Plainfield (IL) South HS middle linebacker is the number two player in the country at his position on Scout.com and a guy that brings a nasty streak to the football field every time he puts on the pads.

Clifton Garrett and Florida seem like a match made in heaven.

We know the need from Florida's side of things, but for Garrett, the interest is high as well.

"Yes, a lot," Garrett said Sunday when asked if he had any interest in Florida. Then he spouted off why. "The school itself, the coaching that they have, the chance to get in and get some early playing time, and the fact they know how to win."

Assistant coach Bryant Young got the door open with Garrett as the recruiter for the state of Illinois, but the importance of the young man has made him a priority for defensive coordinator and linebacker coach D.J. Durkin who has all but taken over the recruitment of the 6-2, 227 pound star tackler.

"I talk to Coach Durkin a lot," Garrett said. "He seems cool and keeps it real, but he seems like a coach I can definitely learn from. I just want to see him in coach mode at practice or something."

He plans on getting down to Florida and see the campus and Durkin sometime in the summer. When he arrives, he can see at least one familiar face on the team, something not that easy at a school this far away from home.

Linebacker Antonio Morrison should start for Florida as a sophomore in 2013 and the Bolingbrook (IL) head hunter is someone that Garrett is familiar with.

"Yeah, I played against him," Garrett said of Morrison. "He's a beast."

Garrett is already scheduled to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January and says he will probably announce a decision there or sometime after that game, though he does know what he is looking for in a program.

"I want to win… (that's) the big one," he said. "I want to get a good education."

Stay tuned as we continue to cover Clifton Garrett throughout this recruiting process.


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