Garrett likes LB play at Florida


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 (right) and safety Jamal Adams were two of four official visitors for UF at the Tennessee game. (Photo from Garrett's Twitter)

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.”


  1. unfortunately Garret is going to be LSU bound. It would be nice to beat LSU at their place. That will help for Garret to keep think about UF but i dont think even that will sway him away from them. We’ll see, at least he gave his vist a 10. GO Gators.

  2. Hey gatornation-let’s slow down a bit, bud. lsu is not a slam dunk here so let’s make that clear. If you missed Garret’s interview w/ Rivals, he clearly had an awesome time at the game & seemed to bond with the other recruits and openly talked about how big of an impact he could make w/ the Gators. I for one think he will end up in the orange & blue. Have some faith , dude!! Go GATORS!!

  3. Though I’m not a recruit-nik by any stretch, I don’t believe that wins and losses really sway these kids so much as how they feel they will fit-in to schemes and their rapport with coaches. The best we can do is put our best foot forward and hope for the best. The current players probably more influence on them than anything else. Hopefully Morrison spoke to all three of them and gave them a good vibe.