Garrett Likes Rebels and Buckeyes

Plainfield South (Ill.) class of 2014 linebacker Clifton Garrett put on another strong performance at Sunday's Core 6 Showcase in Ohio. Afterwards, he recapped his recent Ohio State visit and talked about the other programs he hopes to check out.

Last weekend, Clifton Garrett took another visit to Ohio State, a school who has offered him and been one of the programs in strong consideration for him through this part of the process.

"When we first got there, we went to learn about academics," he said. "My parents learned about all the acadmeics I'm going to be going to, met the person who will be helping me with the changeover at Ohio State if I decide to go there."

The 6'2, 227-lb Garrett then got to spend more time with the coaches and players in Columbus.

"Then we went to the stadium and Coach Vrabel put on a highlight video on the jumbotron, so that got me pretty pumped up. After that we went back to the Woody Hayes Center and talked about academics some more since I had already seen all the football stuff. Then Najee Murray picked me up and we chilled with some of the players. We went back to the dorms and I played J.T. and all of them in some Madden, some 2k, and got a chance to bond pretty good."

This visit continued to move the hard hitting linebacker's opinion of the Buckeyes upward.

"It raised it a little bit because this time I could see how I'd fit in when I got to Ohio State and how I'd be living life there as a college player."

That said, Garrett is not ready to make any decisions yet until he sees a few other schools.

"I don't have any visit set up right now, but I want to get out to some SEC schools. I'm trying to get out to Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State, schools like that."

At this point, he denies a leader, but Garrett did admit there are two in particular that are standing out.

"Right now I don't really have a number one school, but if I had to pick one, it'd be Ole Miss and Ohio State head to head right now. Mentally, I'm cutting some teams down in my head, but I don't have it written down in paper."

Garrett's familiarity with Ohio State makes them a natural fit atop his list, so what puts Ole Miss right there with them?

"The recruiting class they're bringing in is excellent. I've heard they have good academics and a great atmosphere. I want to get down there and see it for myself, see if all the hype is real. I definitely want to get a visit down there for the spring game, but we have a tournament down in Florida that week, IMG, so I definitely want to try to reschedule that."

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