Four-star Plainfield (Ill.) South linebacker Clifton Garrett has a leader, but he still plans to take his official visits. His first will go down this weekend when he travels to Gainesville, Fla.
"I am just excited to get back down there for an official," Garrett said. "When I went out for my visit, I didn't get time to just get around and look at everything, see what the school has to offer. When I go down for my official, I just want to get a good overall view of Florida."
Garrett last visited Florida in June, when his 7-on-7 team was in the Sunshine State to play a tournament. This weekend's trip will give him a chance to see the Gators on the field, taking on SEC foe Tennessee.
"I just want to see how the coaches coach their players in certain situations, see how the players respond to the coaches and stuff like that," Garrett said.
Following this weekend's trip to Florida, Garrett has official visits scheduled with Tennessee [Oct. 5] and Ole Miss [Oct. 19]. It is likely he will take his final two official visits as well.
Oregon is a team on the rise for Garrett. USC had been in line to receive an official visit, but Oregon looks to be replacing its Pac-12 counterpart on his list.
"I haven't had too much communication with the 'SC coaching staff," Garrett said. "Oregon is always a real good team and has the speed factor. They are always putting up a lot of points and a lot of wins. They are overall a great program with great facilities, and I have been staying in close contact with their coaches over there."
Each of these schools is chasing LSU, however, which has stood at the top of Garrett's list throughout the summer. Overtaking the Tigers for Garrett's signature will be a tough task.
"I just want to see who is going to [bring] that wow factor," Garrett said. "Once I get on campus at these schools, I think I am probably going to get that feeling and know which school is going to be the one."
A final decision for Garrett is expected to come in January. In the meantime, he has helped Plainfield South get out to a 2-1 start in his senior season.
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