Keeping with the theme of underclassman quarterbacks committing early, 2016 Rivals100 quarterback Jarrett Guarantano took another step towards ending his recruitment by announcing his top four. Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama and Clemson all made the cut for the Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic star but one school seems to be standing out among the rest.
"Oklahoma, Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson are my top four," said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Guarantano. "That's going to be it. I'm really going to be focusing on those four schools. Ohio State is probably on top but there's no other order behind them.
Guarantano says each school has unique qualities that make them the serious contender for his commitment.
Ohio State- "I'm probably the most comfortable there," he said. "When I went down there for a visit I got to meet with all the coaches and they treated me like family. My family felt really comfortable and that was more important for them to know that I was going to be safe and be able to grow as a person and player. The campus is beautiful and the campus is great. There's not much not to like there."
Alabama- "Growing up I always liked Alabama," Guarantano said. "They're always winning national championships and they're always on TV. Alabama is one of those places that you know the best players go there. If you want to be the best you might want to go there to practice against the best. That is definitely a place that I will keep in mind throughout the process because they're Alabama."
Clemson- "Clemson was the first school I visited my sophomore year and they were one of the schools that treated me the best when I went down there," he said. "They really treated my like I was at home. I really liked Clemson's campus and facilities. The stadium was awesome and the coaching staff was too. They have a high-powered offense. Getting the right players for that offense is a big thing for me."
Oklahoma- "We're scheduled for a visit to Oklahoma for the Tennessee game," said Guarantano. "I'm expecting to see a beautiful place. I don't really know much about them but I've always liked them because my uncle always talked to me about them when I was growing up. I know how many quarterbacks they've sent to the NFL and I think that the type of offense really fits me."
Guarantano remains focused on preparing for his first full season as the starter but, other then the Oklahoma visit, he would like to take three more visits before committing in December or January.
"I want to get to an Ohio State game," he said. "Hopefully I can get to Alabama and Clemson games in one shot. They aren't too far apart so we'll see if we can make it work. I want to get to those four schools again before I make my decision."
There are still a couple of teams that could come into play for Guarantano.
"I do like Notre Dame," Guarantano said. "I went over there during my freshman year and I liked the set up that they have. I like the school and coach Kelly. Texas could also jump in the mix. I've had a little contact with them lately."
In only a few starts last season, Guarantano threw seven touchdown passes, ran for three touchdowns and completed more than half of his passes.