Michigan’s pursuit of another linebacker in the 2014 class rolled along Thursday and found Wolverine assistant Curt Mallory at the school of 2014 Plainfield (Ill.) South high school four-star linebacker, Clifton Garrett.
“Actually I didn’t even know they were coming by today,” Garrett told GoBlueWolverine. “That was a surprise to me. We haven’t had too much contact but today was the first time I’ve seen coach Mallory in person since last fall.”
In a conversation with GoBlueWolverine earlier this spring, Garrett’s chances of ending up in Ann Arbor appeared to have flown by the wayside. Recent contact from the Wolverines indicates steps are being taken inside Schembechler Hall to potentially heat things up in the recruitment of Garrett.
“They’ve just been telling me that they want to offer me and he’s going to get my transcripts,” said Garrett. “Then he can talk to coach Mattison, sit down, and maybe we could talk next week.”
Holding offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, USC, and Ole Miss, to name a few, Garrett, 6-2, 227-pounds, says the Wolverines interest might be a little too late.
“Probably not too much,” said Garrett on Michigan impacting his recruitment. “I’m starting to kind of shy away from the Big Ten anyway.
“At this point I’m starting to narrow my list down a little bit so if any new schools come in, unless it’s a huge school I’ve been waiting for, I’m not going to really be interested in new schools. I basically have all of the schools that I wanted to offer.”
Increasing his weight lifting numbers this spring, currently benching 305-pounds and squatting 450-pounds, Garrett plans to decrease his final list of schools, with the help of his parents, in the not too distant future.
“I’m not sure what schools I’m going to narrow it down to,” said Garrett. “Right now I’m going to have my parents go over each school, see what they and I like about the school but I don’t have a specific list or anything right now.”