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Rivals100 presented by Under Armour linebacker Clifton Garrett has put the summer recruiting season behind him and is focused on the fall. The Plainfield (Ill.) South star is scheduling official visits with college programs.
"Actually, I have three set up," Garrett reported. "I have the Tennessee official set up for the Georgia game (Oct. 5). I will be going down to Florida for that Tennessee game (Sept. 21), and I'll be going to Ole Miss for the LSU game (Oct. 19).
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"I'm just looking to see how the coaches actually coach. They're going to be in their natural habitat -- out there coaching the players -- so I am going to be keeping a close eye on that: seeing how they communicate with their players when they make a good or bad plays and seeing how they react to adversity."
Tennessee, Florida and Ole Miss are three of Garrett's top five. LSU and USC are the others.
"The only thing I would be watching out for is the whole USC thing," Garrett said. "I'm not really sure what is happening with the coaches over there, so I'll be keeping my eye on that. The other four schools are solid."
With an official visit to USC not yet set, another school could come in and grab one of his final trips. It appears Alabama may have the inside track.
"Alabama is in contention," Garrett said. "I wouldn't mind going down there and seeing Alabama play LSU. I am going to try and talk to the coaching staff about coming up for that weekend and taking an official. That would definitely be a great time to go and see how everything is going down there."
These official visits will give each school a chance to make its case for being Garrett's college selection, but every team at this stage is looking up at the LSU Tigers.
"Everyone is telling me I am going to commit to LSU, so apparently they know more than I do," Garrett said. "But LSU is definitely the team to beat."
Although Garrett has not scheduled an official visit to LSU, he will attend its Nov. 23 home game against Texas A&M. An official visit to Baton Rouge will be scheduled, but a date has not been determined.
The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Garrett has planned to make his commitment during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl telecast, but he will not wait if he knows his choice sooner.
"I'm going to take a hard look at everything after I am done with my officials, and if I feel comfortable committing after all that I may make it early," Garrett said.
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