Garrett talks schools, upcoming visits

Garrett talks schools, upcoming visits

Oklahoma was the most recent program to stop in the school of 2014 Illinois linebacker Clifton Garrett. Garrett talks recent visits, schools in hot pursuit, and his own visit schedule.

2014 Plainfield South (Ill.) four-star middle linebacker Clifton Garrett is a wanted man. Fresh off taking MVP honors at the Core 6 Winter Showcase just over a week ago, the 6'2, 215-pound tackling machine is finding it very difficult to be in school without at least one college coach chopping it up with his high school coaching staff.

Today, Oklahoma was looking to stake its claim in the race.

"He messaged me last night on Facebook telling me he was going to stop by my school today," said Garrett. "He was telling me how he wants me, he likes my attitude, he likes the way I play, and told me he wants me to come down for a visit."

Garrett's work ethic and attitude on the field fits well with what the Sooners preach on a daily basis.

"They have a real winning tradition," said Garrett. "From what I've heard from coach he's a no non-sense coach and he wants to win. He coaches his players up really good and has coached some really good linebackers."

Ohio State has been a regular fixture inside Plainfield South over the past month and with the strong bond built between the two, some are lead to believe the Buckeyes are out in front. Garrett says, not so fast.

"I know it's been out there on twitter and everything that Ohio State is my leader but at this point I really don't even have a leader," said Garrett. "I talk with coach Meyer and coach Vrabel weekly and we have a real good relationship. They talk to my mom a lot and everyone at the Ohio State football office knows my parents."

One school Garrett says is making a "huge impression" on he and his family is Ole Miss, who also recently dropped by his school. Peaking Garrett's interest in Oxford is the amount of highly coveted linemen becoming Rebels.

"They've been picking up some great defensive linemen and that's one of the things I look for," said Garrett. "If schools are recruiting or have pretty good defensive linemen that's going to make my job a little easier keeping those big boys off of me."

Over the next few weeks Garrett and his family are looking to get out on the road and see some schools with both Ole Miss and Ohio State a part of those plans.

"I know my mom and coach Allen from Ole Miss are trying to get things set up," said Garrett. "She actually told me she talked to them today so I'm trying to get a visit set up there and when I go down to Ole Miss I'm going to stop at Mississippi State as well. Then I'll be at Ohio State on February 16th."

As far as a commitment is concerned, Garrett just isn't ready to rush into anything.

"For me a decision point is kind of far off in the distance right now," said Garrett. "I'm just looking around at each school. My mom and I have started to talk about narrowing things down but it's a really hard process because as I'm narrowing down more schools start to come into the mix. Right now I'm still looking at every school, enjoying the process, and my mind is still open." Recommended Stories

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