Plainfield South senior LB Clifton Garrett (6-foot-2, 222 pounds) made his first official visit this past weekend to the University of Florida. Garrett came away highly impressed with the Gators.
"I was very impressed with what I saw and had a really good time," Garrett said. "I got a chance to look at everything I wanted to look at from Florida, and this was definitely a visit I enjoyed."
Garrett also spent time with former Bolingbrook and current Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison this past weekend. Morrison, who started as a true freshman, gave Garrett some insights on coming from Illinois and into the SEC.
"I got a chance to sit down with Antonio, and he told me not to believe all the hype you hear about how the Illinois guys can't come down to the SEC and ball with the Florida boys," Garrett said. "He said to ball out, work hard and you'll definitely get your opportunity, and that's the same thing I heard from the coaches."
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Next up for Garrett is an official visit to Tennessee on October 4th followed by a visit to Ole Miss on October 18th. Garrett is also still planning to make official visits to LSU and Oregon.
Niles Notre Dame senior running back Chris James (5-foot-9, 212 pounds) has narrowed down his top two schools to Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.
James was in Madison over the weekend for the Badgers game against Purdue. James will make his first official visit this weekend to Pittsburgh and plans to return to Madison for an official visit on October 12th.
Montini Catholic senior LB Nile Sykes (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) has been having a very solid senior season and a few new schools have started to take notice. Northwestern and Missouri are two new schools that have started to contact Sykes.
"Northwestern really picked things up when they saw my ACT test score (28) come back," Sykes said. "Missouri has also been more and more interested. Once they saw my senior tape they really seemed fired up about me. They said I could get some good news from them hopefully soon."
Sykes, who made an unofficial visit to Indiana last weekend has set an official visit to Syracuse on October 6th. Sykes is also looking hard at Illinois, Cincinnati and Iowa State among others although Sykes has yet to name any favorites. Sykes is also expected to take all five allowed official visits before making his college choice.
One name to watch from the Class of 2015 is Gordon Tech junior OL/DL Raequan Williams (6-foot-6, 270 pounds). Williams has been a varsity starter since his freshman year for the rams and head coach Bill Jeske.
"I've been getting mail and Facebook messages so far from Illinois, Arizona, Iowa, Purdue, Ohio State, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and a few other schools," Williams said. "Illinois was in my school earlier this week and my coaches are expecting more schools to stop in soon. I don't have any offers just yet but most of the schools seem pretty interested. They all have invited me to games and they also all want to see my video. I'm putting together my first three games now and hope to have it out soon."