Most eyes were on quarterback Tyler Murphy during Saturday’s game between Florida and Tennessee.
Clifton Garrett, however, was watching the other No. 3 on the Gators.
“I had my eyes on Antonio Morrison,” he said.
The South (Ill.) Plainfield product was in Gainesville for his official visit and liked what he saw from Morrison and Co.
“It was cool to watch him and the linebackers live,” Garrett said. “I was sitting in the back of the end zone, so I had a good view. Just watching those guys move and see how they’re used in the defense, they played the style I like to play.
“They play nasty, fast and downhill. They can also get out there and cover. It’s just a great scheme. Defense wins championships, like they say, so it was great to see Florida’s firsthand.”
Garrett went with the other three official visitors — DE Lorenzo Carter, DB Jamal Adams and TE DeAndre Goolsby — and ate dinner at Will Muschamp’s house after the game. On Sunday, Garrett watched film with defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and toured the entire campus.
“This visit was a 10,” he said. “The whole trip stood out to me. There wasn’t really one specific thing. I had a good time from the moment I landed until my flight took off.”
Garrett enjoyed the time he was able to spend with Adams and Carter. UF is the only school that all three are considering, and they discussed the possibility of playing together.
“We hung out the whole time and got a nice little vibe going,” he said. “That would be great if we teamed up together at Florida. I think we could do damage in that defense.”
Garrett entered the weekend with LSU leading and the Gators in second place. Where do they stand now?
“All schools have an equal opportunity with me,” he said. “Florida definitely stuck out, but I still have four other visits to take. LSU is not the home-run school.
“At the end, I’ll go with the school I feel like is the best fit for me. I’m going to take my time and see which one I like the most. But I definitely can see myself going to Florida.”