Greg Garmon was taking a break Saturday night, taking a moment to relax during his official visit to Arkansas. The talented running back was reflecting on his recruitment as his decision date quickly approaches.
"In my head , there's a lot of competition between Iowa and Miami right now," the Class of 2012 prospect from Erie, PA said. "I still plan to make my decision on Jan. 3 (at the Semper Fi All-American game in Arizona). Right now, I'm working out what school I like the best."
Reports surfaced this week that Garmon had pulled the trigger for the Hurricanes after his official visit to South Florida last weekend.
"I did not commit, but I liked Miami a lot," the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Garmon said. "It's a school that I always liked. It's a school that's very well known for their football. It's just always been my dream school."
Garmon's five finalists are Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Miami and North Carolina. The Arkansas trip winds up his official visit as he used his previous tours allowed by NCAA rules on the other four schools he's considering.
"I'm going to narrow it down to a Top 3 and then I'l pick from those schools at the all-American game," Garmon said. "I'll probably get down to three by next week."
Iowa dropped in to see Garmon at McDowell Senior High earlier this week.
"Coach (Lester) Erb was at my school on Thursday," Garmon said. "He said they really want me."
Illinois and North Carolina have changed coaches during the recruiting process.
"I actually just talked to their new head coach (at Illinois, Tim Beckman)," Garmon said. "He's going to be at my school next week.
"The coaches from North Carolina called me (Friday), but I didn't get a chance to pick up the phone because I was in a meeting with the Arkansas coaches. I'll probably give them a call back when I leave my visit."
Garmon arrived in Fayetteville on Friday. He liked what he saw at the SEC school.
"It's really nice," he said. "They love their Razorbacks."
Some onlookers are surprised by Garmon moving Miami up among his leaders. The Hurricanes face impending, and potentially severe, NCAA sanctions stemming from a former booster saying he gave 72 current and former players improper benefits.
"I'm not worried about it at all," Garmon said.
Miami also holds two verbal commitments from running backs in '12. One of them, Duke Johnson, is a five-star recruit and the No. 5 ball carrier in his class. Garmon is a four-star and No. 12.
"I look at the depth charts," Garmon said. "I see who they have coming in. Looking at Miami's depth chart and talking to their coaches, they usually tell me that whoever comes in should be ready to play. With their running back situation, whoever comes in, the freshmen are going to play."
Leading rusher Lamar Miller has chosen to leave Miami early for the NFL.
Garmon wasn't quite sure, in the end, what would separate Iowa and Miami, or another of his Top 5 schools.
"It's going to come down to how I felt on the visit," he said. "That's going to be the big thing."