TyJuan Garbutt is making his way on top of college recruiting boards through out the country. The 2017 Fredericksburg (Va.) Riverbend defensive end holds double-digits scholarship offers from schools such as Virginia, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, East Carolina andWake Forest among others. On Saturday, the highly touted pass rusher made his second trip to Charlottesville this summer to visit UVa.
Garbutt first visited the Cavaliers back in early August for the Wahoos second day of training camp. After that trip, Garbutt said "UVa is my home," and that the 'Hoos were "always going to be up there,"especially when his decision time comes. On Saturday, the 2017 recruit had the chance to see the newest members of the UVa family together, since UVa head coach Mike London not only welcomed targets but also the 2016 pledges.
"Me and the couple of the other targets for the 2017 class met with the 2016 football commits and a bunch of the 2018 and 2019 tagets were there," said Garbutt. "We just watched practice from the sidelines, and we had a meeting with Coach London. We then ate at the cookout and there we just got to know each other.
"He [London] had all the commits stand up and introduce themselves and all the players that are still in the recruiting process introduce themselves. We had a talk about strengths and weaknesses."
One commit Garbutt needed no introduction to was Spotsylvania (Va.) Courtland athlete Nick Grant.
"Me and Nick have been friends for like four or five years-before any one of us were seriously recruited or even before football was really serious, me and him have been friends," said Garbutt. "He always tells me, when he moved from Texas, when he got here to Virginia, UVa became his dream school. He talks about how beautiful it is, the academics, all the good things about it. It's always nice to hear [the positive things about a school], because when you talk to commits to a school, it's always nice to know why they committed."
During his last visit Garbutt liked how the UVa coaching staff organized practice, and that London had a hands on approach to the defensive linemen. On Saturday things were different, and Garbutt enjoyed it even more.
"This was more live," he said. "They were actually in pads and they have a game next week. So they were doing game situations and really getting ready for UCLA...You go to see a lot of different things, a bunch of stunts, their coverages, you go to see actual live action."
Garbutt is planning to hit up several games this fall.
"I'll probably be attending the Ohio State/Virginia Tech game, also the UVa/Notre Dame game and Penn State/Rutgers."
Although Garbutt has no favorites, and continues to evaluate every school that enters the fold, Pitt will also hold a special place for the junior.
"I love Pittsburgh," he said. "I'm not sure if I would have picked up as many offers without them. With them being an ACC school, a power five conference [and offering me] t just opened it up for a bunch of ACC schools to offer me and really take a look at me."
Right now Garbutt and his Riverbend High School team are concentrating on the future. The Beats lost a close game to rival Chancellor High School the first week of the season, but Garbutt is not focused on the one game, instead he is focused on a promising future.
"It was really just a learning experience for a bunch of our young players. I have to do a better job leading them also. it was a tough loss but now we are on to Courtland. We are on to the next one and we aren't too worried about that loss, it happens. One loss can't define your season, and we aren't going to let it."
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