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Clifton Garrett Names Ole Miss his Leader

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Ole Miss target Clifton Garrett, (Plainfield, Il. Plainfield South) enjoyed his weekend visit to Oxford so much that he now tells Yancy Porter of Scout.com that the Rebels are “at the top” of his list.

This declaration by Garrett is not met with much surprise because based on the comments he made while in Oxford over the weekend, and the tweets he sent out afterward were effusive with praise for the school, coaching staff and the people of Mississippi as a whole.

Being at the top of his list is a great spot to be in, but it’s a long way until the early signing period and Garrett still has a number of schools to visit in the coming weeks and months that could change how the top of the list looks.

Garrett previously mentioned LSU. Florida and Ohio State were really standing out to him in the early stages of the recruiting process. Urban Meyer even went so far as to bring in the big guns to recruit Garrett and had Tim Tebow talk to Garrett on the phone earlier this month to help.

LSU and Florida each have players from Illinois on their roster with the Tigers adding offensive lineman Ethan Pocic this year, and Antonio Morrison, who is a star linebacker for the Gators.

The local connections to those other SEC schools could play a factor into Garrett’s decision making process and Meyer’s ability to recruit and sell himself and his program is perhaps second to only Nick Saban at Alabama.

However, they’re all playing catch up to Hugh Freeze and the Rebels, who made a heck of a first impression last weekend. Now, every visit he takes from now on will be judged against the “family atmosphere” he had in Oxford.

If I’m Freeze or a part of Rebel Nation today, I’m feeling pretty good about that.

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.