Garrett ready for LSU visit

Clifton Garrett picked up an offer from LSU that he had been hoping for earlier this year. Garrett will visit Baton Rouge in the near future and he hopes to check out a few other schools around the country before the end of the summer.

Four-star linebacker Clifton Garrett has seen his recruitment take off since the beginning of the year. The 6-2 227 pound Garrett has picked up offers from around the country following a junior season that saw him make 107 tackles, including 11 for loss, for Plainfield South High School.

The Illinois native, and second-ranked middle linebacker for 2014, is just starting to get into the heart of his recruitment, something that has already been hectic for him. With a quiet period now taking place, Garrett explained that he is using his free time to enjoy high school and focus on his upcoming senior season.

"Everything is going well with my recruitment," said Garrett. "It's a quiet period right now, so that's pretty nice for me, but the mailbox stays full. Overall, it's pretty good, but I'm not letting it stress me out and I'm staying focused on school and my team."

When the flood of offers started coming in for Garrett, there was one offer that he was hoping for. LSU came through with that offer and immediately jumped up the list of the talented prospect. Since the offer from the Tigers, Garrett has enjoyed what he has heard from the LSU coaching staff.

"I have always been interested in LSU since I can remember," said Garrett. "I told my parents back in 8th grade that I really liked LSU and would like to play football there one day."

"The coaches have been telling me that they love me down there and they want me to come down and be the man in the middle for that Tiger defense."

In the short time that he has been speaking with the LSU coaching staff, Garrett has built very strong relationships with several staff members, including the leader of the Tiger program. They have also maintained regular contact with Garrett.

"I have a great relationship with the coaching staff," said Garrett. "I always talk with coach [Les] Miles, coach [John] Chavis, and also coach [Greg] Studrawa."

Aside from the efforts of the coaching staff, LSU also has something else working in their favor. Garrett is close friends with LSU early-enrollee Ethan Pocic.

With Pocic now in Baton Rouge and going through spring practice for the Tigers, Garrett explained that their friendship could end up factoring into his decision, even if it is just slightly.

"I mean it will factor in a little bit, but it probably won't have a huge impact," said Garrett. "Ethan and I are pretty good friends, so if I do make the decision to go to LSU, he could be that big brother figure that could show me the ropes and everything."

Even though LSU is near the top of his list, Garrett has not had a chance to see the Baton Rouge campus for himself. That will all change in the near future as Garrett has finalized plans to visit LSU for their spring game on April 20th.

The fact that he is visiting LSU excites Garrett, but he already has in mind what he would like to see from the Tigers while he is on campus.

"I'm just looking forward to the entire visit because I've never been down there," said Garrett. "I'm going to be looking at everything, but I do want to see the coaches in coaching mode instead of recruiting mode."

Besides visiting LSU, Garrett has a few other schools that he hopes to check out in the near future spanning from coast to coast.

"LSU and Florida are two that I will definitely visit," said Garrett. "I also hope to visit USC and UCLA."

After going through the recruiting process for three months, Garrett has had a chance to put together a top list of schools at this point.

"My top schools right now are LSU, Florida, USC, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Oregon, and a few others," said Garrett.

In terms of when he would like to make a final decision regarding his recruitment, Garrett explained that college football fans could expect to see him pick a school at the Army All-American Bowl.

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