Hawkeye Assistant Lester Erb visited the Class of 2014 product on Monday at his school. Erb dropped a name.
"He said that they had Chad Greenway come through their program and get drafted in the first round a few years back," Garrett said. "He said I remind him of Greenway with the way I move. They do a good job with linebackers at Iowa."
Garrett planned to call Erb Tuesday night to continue the getting-to-know-you process with the Iowa coach.
"I definitely want to learn more about the school," the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Garrett said. "I want to over there and check it out."
Garrett, who also works with Core 6 Athletes in suburban Chicago, recently picked up his first scholarship offer when Illinois came forward with an opportunity. Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio State and others have picked up their interest level since that point, he said.
"I'm going to get out and camp at Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin and probably Iowa," Garrett said. "I haven't visited any schools so far but I plan to do that this summer."
Garrett said he hopes to study criminal justice in college.
"I'm interested in law enforcement," he said. "Academics are the No. 1 thing for me in picking a school."
Despite only holding one scholarship offer to this point in the process, it seems likely that Garrett could be a hot commodity moving forward.
"It doesn't take more than the first few plays of Garrett's highlight tape to see that he has big-time ability," Scout Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu said. "He's a heat seeking missile who delivers a lot of big hits and plays with little hesitation."