Ole Miss Feels like Family for 5-Star LB Clifton Garrett

By Patrick Schmidt
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Ole Miss had a great last few days, with Marshall Henderson leading the men’s basketball team to the conference championship and a bid into the NCAA Tournament, while the school also hosted five-star linebacker, Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Il. Plainfield North).

I wrote that Garrett would feel like family during his visit after the school rolled out the red carpet for his arrival, and that was the case after spending the last two days there.

I asked Garrett after he posted that to his Twitter account if it was hard to leave after the experience he had the past two days.

“Very,” said Garrett.

That’s certainly a favorable impression was made on Garrett, and this weekend trip should serve as an eye-opening experience and give the dynamic defender something to think about when he makes visits to other schools.

If you don’t follow him on Twitter already, then you’ve missed him posting several pictures of his visit, including some that had to have Rebel Nation salivating at the sight of him in a jersey and on the 50-yard line with his dad and Ole Miss linebackers coach, Tom Allen.

I know that is a sight that many would get used to seeing if that school is able to secure a commitment from him over the course of the next several months. The Rebels offered Garrett in early September of 2012 and has emerged from 25-plus offers after a highly successful recruiting class that ranked inside the top-five.

A lot can change in the recruiting process with schools moving up and down a player’s list, but Ole Miss has to be feeling great about where it stands at the moment.

Ole Miss has had good luck plucking top players from Illinois over the last two seasons, receiving commitments from No. 1 receiver Laquon Treadwell this season and defensive back Anthony Standifer two seasons ago from Crete-Monee high school. Hugh Freeze has been able to persuade many elite prospects to come to Oxford recently, and Garrett could be the latest.

The competition for Garrett won’t deter Ole Miss in their pursuit, and the school should have many other coaches worried, especially after the great first impression that was made on him this memorable weekend.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.

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