Illinois No. 1 LB Clifton Garrett to announce decision Tuesday

Illinois No. 1 LB Clifton Garrett to announce decision Tuesday
December 16, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Edgy Tim

You generally wouldn't think of Southeastern Conference football and a cold and snowy day in December.

Yet tomorrow at 3 p.m. CST, SEC rabid fans from the likes of LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee will be focused heavily on Plainfield South High School.

Plainfield South Class of 2014 four star ranked linebacker Clifton Garrett (6-foot-2, 222 pounds) will make his verbal commitment known on Tuesday at a press conference tomorrow at the Plainfield, Illinois located campus.

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Garrett, the #1 ranked recruit in the State of Illinois and the #53 ranked player in the nation according to Rivals.com has narrowed his list to a final three school which includes LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Garrett made official visits to all three schools along with Florida this fall yet recently eliminated the Gators from his final list.

So what type of recruit will the winning school get in Clifton Garrett?

"I like the fact that Garret plays with a lot of length," Rivals.com Midwest Analysis Josh Helmholdt said. "He (Clifton Garrett) has range and goes sideline to sideline and he also plays downhill. He can play run and pass coverage equally as well. Clifton is just a very good athlete and is stout enough to play either inside or outside at the next level."

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Garrett's final choice on Wednesday afternoon will again be yet another major coup for the SEC. The conference, considered by many as the top overall conference in all of college football for the past several seasons has already added five verbal commitments from the Rivals.com Class of 2014 State of Illinois Top 20 recruit rankings. Garrett's choice on Wednesday will give the SEC six commitments from the Illinois Top 20. The conference also has a great shot at also adding commitments from Crete-Monee four star ranked LB Nyles Morgan along with Bolingbrook four star ranked DB Parrker Westphal.

So why are several top Illinois recruits leaving the Midwest for the SEC these days?

"Chicagoland kids to me have always seems to be more inclined to leave and travel," according to Helmholdt. "You can catch flights to anywhere out of Chicago plus the strength of the conference along with the school's focusing more on recruiting nationally have all added up to the conference having more success in Chicagoland and Illinois."

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Make sure to catch full coverage Tuesday of Clifton Garrett's decision on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago along with CSNChicago.com.