Aug 24, 2012

Michigan State A Favorite to Land Illinois LB Clifton Garrett

By Sean Gagnier

Michigan State already has one of the best defenses in the Big Ten, and country, but defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi isn't resting on his laurels, he's actively recruiting to make his defense even better. That improvement could come from fearsome Illinois linebacker Clifton Garrett, a four-star recruit and the best LB in the state of Illinois.

Garrett is ranked as the 41st best prospect in the country by 24/7 Sports and the second best linebacker in the country by the same site. He has progressed immensely from his sophomore campaign, putting himself on the national radar.

At 6'3" and 220 lbs., Garrett could stand to bulk up a little but his height is good for an outside linebacker. With the recent influx of talent at the linebacker position at Michigan State, Garrett could fit right in, red-shirting a season to get bigger and learn from those ahead of him and then hit the field and shut down the outside of the offense.

Garrett is being heavily recruited, but Michigan State is considered to be on his favorites list. It was reported that offensive coordinator Dan Roushar recruited Garrett and that he is very much interested in the green and white. Becoming a Spartan isn't his only option though, having received over 12 offers, including scholarship offers from Notre Dame and Ohio State.

The Irish and Buckeyes are also considered to be on his favorites list, but the allure of Ohio State may be too much for Garrett to turn away from, as he grew up a fan of the Buckeyes. Michigan State has made a career of landing big recruits regularly of late, so they won't give up on Garrett any time soon, and it looks like they just might land another big name soon.

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