Clifton Garrett is announcing his college choice tomorrow, one day after his birthday, and the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 28 overall recruit according to the 247Sports composite rankings is expected to pick the LSU Tigers over the Ole Miss Rebels, Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers.
The 6-2, 228-pound linebacker from Plainfield South high school in Plainfield, Illinois has been a strong LSU lean since he visited during the Tiger’s spring game on April 20th.
Garrett took official visits to his other three SEC contenders in late September and into October, but nothing was able to compare to the environment and feel that LSU provided and his relationships with LSU coaches John Chavis, Greg Studrawa and Les Miles was unlike any other.
“I really fell in love with things on my visit for the spring game,” Garrett tells Shea Dixon. “I got to see the campus and meet the people, and more importantly meet the coaches and players. That was great for me.”
Garrett took his official visit to LSU on Nov. 22 and that essentially served as a visit to solidify the feelings and rekindle the bond with coaches that made LSU his favorite after his spring visit.
Garrett and his family later welcomed defensive coordinator John Chavis to their home for an in-home visit Dec. 2. The very next day Garrett announced via Twitter that he will be announcing his college decision on Dec. 17 at 3:00 p.m.
While Garrett has starred as an outside linebacker in high school, Chavis views him as a middle linebacker in his scheme. His tackling ability, instincts, lateral movement and gives him the skills to be the quarterback of the defense and make plays from sideline to sideline.
One thing LSU does a great job is getting defensive players ready, especially on defense to contribute early and I think Garrett will be able to contribute as a true freshman next year and could remind LSU fans of former LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard. Garrett, however has a higher ceiling and could be a future All-SEC performer.
LSU has had success recruiting the Land of Lincoln and last year pulled Ethan Pocic from Lemont, Ill. who trained with the same Core 6 group as Garrett does. Garrett has been a major target for LSU and extending to the Midwest to pull in a talent like Garrett speaks volumes considering the talent level in Louisiana.
When Garrett announces his decision at 3 p.m. tomorrow you can fully expect him to say he’ll be an LSU Tiger. With his expected commitment this would move LSU up one spot to No. 11 on 247Sports team rankings, just missing the top 10, but they’ll be climbing the rankings come Jan. 2 when LSU is expected to land a flood of five-star recruits.