Garrett gears up for Gainesville

This weekend will be Garrett's second trip to UF. (Photo by The Herald-News)

One of Florida’s few options at the linebacker position for 2014 is officially visiting this weekend.

South (Ill.) Plainfield’s Clifton Garrett will be on hand Saturday when Florida hosts Tennessee. The Gators and the Vols are two of his finalists.

“I’m ready to see them go at it,” he said. “It’s a rivalry game and I know there’s going to be a crazy atmosphere.”

Garrett visited Gainesville in late June and was impressed by Jeff Dillman and his strength and conditioning program.

“Getting a chance to go in the weight room and meet coach Dillman was the highlight of my trip,” he said. “He’s an intense guys and gets everyone fired up. All the facilities are right in the stadium, so that’s real convenient for the players and it’s a real nice area.”

The 6-foot-2, 224-pounder hopes to see much more of UF this weekend since it will likely be his last chance to visit.

“This is probably my last trip to Florida, so I want to see everything they have to offer,” he said. “I can’t wait to spend time with the coaches and see what gameday is like. I just want to get the full experience and I’m looking forward to every part of it. I’m not really sure what to expect, but I know it’s going to be fun.”

This will be the first of five officials for Garrett, a consensus top-100 recruit who is ranked the No. 3 inside linebacker by ESPN and Rivals. He currently has a Top 5 — in order — of LSU, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Oregon.

“I like LSU a lot, but those other schools are not far behind at all,” Garrett said. “I’m going to start narrowing things down after I take my trips and weigh the pros and cons of all the schools. Right now the plan is for me to announce at the Army All-American Bowl.”