Garrett Brothers UT Bound

Brothers Justin and Brandon Garrett were born 10 months apart, but they've been together ever since, including during football career that has carried them to three different schools in as many years.

The Baton Rouge natives graduated from Istrouma High School in 2004 as highly regarded gridiron prospects that only lacked the test scores required to accept Division I scholarships. Instead they decided to go the Junior College route and enrolled at Citrus College in Azusa, Calif. In 2005, they transferred to Pasadena Community College hoping to gain more exposure.

Next summer the inseparable siblings will go to Tennessee together where they'll have three years to play two seasons for the Vols. Justin, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety, committed to UT a month ago. Last weekend they made their official first visit to Tennessee, where Brandon, 6-3, 230, 4.62, agreed to walk on with the aim of winning a scholarship.

"He's going with me," Justin said of his brother. "They say most likely he'll play linebacker. He's not really undersized but he could add some weight to play D-lineman."

Justin, who runs a 4.51 in the 40, will get his first look at free safety where he has excelled in junior college the last two seasons. As a freshman at Citrus, he had 78 tackles with three sacks and three interceptions to earn all-conference honors. As a sophomore at Pasadena he had another solid season for a team that struggled.

"They want me to play free safety," Justin said of UT's coaching staff. "That's what I played at Pasadena. I led the conference in solo tackles with 58. They didn't throw against us too much, but I had seven pass breakups. We had a bad season because of some things that happened with our coaching staff. I had a good individual season. The last two games I played some tight end and wide receiver."

Justin turned down offers from, Missouri, Texas A&M, Houston, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State before accepting one from Tennessee.

Brandon is a big linebacker who could plug up the middle and has enough speed (4.63) to grow into a strong pass rusher on the edge. He had offers of his own but the plan has always been for the two to stick together.

"Me and him are like close, close," said Justin. "We do everything together. It's do or die with me and him."

The Garrett brothers were recruited by UT assistant Greg Atkins. They are scheduled to graduate in May, enroll the second summer session at Tennessee.

"When I sign they are sending me a play book," said Justin. "Coach (Larry) Slade is going to be back and forth chalk talking with me, trying to get me ready."

Justin Garrett and Brandon Garrett got their first look at UT's campus last weekend and came away feeling like part of the Big Orange football family.

"I like how they accept you in as family right off the bat," Justin said of his UT visit. "The facilities are the best in the country. It was a lot of fun. Me, Brandon and the other recruits got to hang out together. JaKouri (Williams) was me and my brother's host because we asked for him. We played against him in high school. He played for one of our rivals."

Now these former Louisiana high school opponents will join forces to compete for Tennessee in the powerful SEC.

"SEC that's the biggest of the big dog conferences," Justin exclaimed. "We're looking forward to that."

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