"There's nothing wrong with Virginia Tech," he said. "But I felt like I committed early and you only go through the recruiting process one time, so I just felt like I needed to evaluate all my options and make sure I make the best decision."
Where is he in the recruiting process?
"My top five is Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia," said the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Garbutt. "There are other schools that could jump in the top five. I still like North Carolina and I'm also interested in Miami. I'm planning on taking all five official visits."
One school has the edge. but the others are firmly in the mix.
"Virginia Tech is leading right now and Pittsburgh is right behind them, and then the SEC schools," he said. "I've always liked Virginia Tech and been down there multiple times. Out of all those schools, it's the school I can see myself at the most. But I visited Pittsburgh recently and liked what they were telling me and where their program is going.
"When it comes to my top school, it's close between those two, so I'm just going to see how the season goes and how their recruiting classes turn out. I will also strongly consider the SEC schools."
The Riverbend standout gave a quick thought on each.
Virginia Tech: "I like coach (Justin) Fuente and (defensive coordinator) coach (Bud) Foster," said the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Garbutt. "I feel like they get along well together. Coach Fuente had a lot of success at Memphis and scored a lot of points. And coach Foster is probably the best defensive coordinator in college football. I like that they have a good program."
Ole Miss: "They've always been one of my favorite schools. They've always been explosive offensively. Coach (Hugh) Freeze is a good coach and has done a really good job with the program."
Pittsburgh: "Coach (Pat) Narduzzi has come in and he's changing the program around. You can just tell he's going to get them back to the days of when Pitt was dominate. They're starting to win more games and they've had some good recruiting classes. They're going to be a force in the ACC."
Florida: "They made it to the SEC Championship Game last year in coach (Jim) McElwain's first year. (Defensive backs) coach (Torian) Gray also recruited me when he was at Virginia Tech and has continued to recruit me hard since he got there."
Georgia: "Coach (Kirby) Smart has taken over and I think he's going to do really well. Coach (Shane) Beamer is also down there and I got to know him well when he was at Virginia Tech. Georgia has had a lot of success and I think the new staff is going to build it into an even stronger program."
What's next for him?
"I'm going to take a lot of unofficial game visits and then probably really focus on my recruiting," Garbutt said. "Then I'll take my official visits and make my decision after the season."
Garbutt finished his sophomore season with 70 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks.