Javar Garrett

OLB Javar Garrett breaks down Rutgers visit; has Indiana, UVa high on list

Hightstown (N.J.) Peddie linebacker Javar Garrett talks about his Rutgers visits, and the schools he talks to the most.

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Javar Garrett, the No. 70 outside linebacker in the 2018 class, made a recent visit to Virginia to and spent Tuesday at Rutgers

The Hightstown (N.J.) Peddie standout said he speaks with coaches from Rutgers, Virginia and Indiana the most, and he was able to see a big change in the Scarlet Knights while watching practice.

"The team has really improved and they're like a family," the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Garrett said. "They're really working hard. They're bigger. They're faster. Everyone looked like they knew what they were doing more (than last year) as far as the offense and the defense. They're changing the whole program around."

It was ironic Garrett visited on this day because defensive coordinator Jay Niemann met with the media after practice and discussed the need to build linebacker depth.

"They want me to play the (strong side) linebacker spot, and right now they only have two true SAM 'backers," Garrett said. "One of them is a strong safety they had to bring down because of the depth."

Garrett also met with Rutgers coach Chris Ash in his office.

"His big thing is 'Fence the Garden.' He's looking for 'dogs," Garrett said. "He's not full of all the glitz and the glamour. He said if you're looking for glitz and glamour, go somewhere else. Don't even try to commit.

"He also talked about how he was changing the program around, but that's evident. I think we can all see that. I personally know Solomon Manning, and his body changed. To see how he moves around and how his developed, that stood out."

Garrett said Virginia was his leader, but there was still a ways to go in his recruitment. He made a recent trip, and was offered during it.

"It's just a really good program on the rise," Garrett said. "I just see really great things for their future. I liked it there. It was my first time visiting.

"(The coaches) are always around each other. They always have their kids, wives ...everyone is always around each other. Monday nights they don't have practice. They have family events in the building."

Garrett visited Indiana in the summer, and is hopeful of returning to campus soon.

"I know them pretty well," Garrett said. "We have a pretty good relationship. I know it's a very good academic school with a lot of history and culture. They are another program on the rise in the Big Ten."

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