Clifton Garrett to LSU: Tigers Land 5-Star OLB Prospect

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2013

Courtesy of 247Sports

Clifton Garrett has committed to LSU.

The 5-star linebacker announced his decision on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports had the news:

Wilftong also shared these comments from Garrett:

"We’re going to go out there and we’re going to win championships,” Garrett told 247Sports last week. “It’s going to be a great ride and I’m looking forward to it.”

“I felt like the coaching staff was just phenomenal,” Garrett said. “You can’t pick a school off the coaching staff, but it made my decision a lot easier knowing I’m going to a place where I’m going to be taken care of by a great coaching staff, great guys that want to develop me not only as a player but as a man.

Plenty of SEC schools were after the recruit, with LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, Ole Miss and Florida all in for his services. Ole Miss in particular pushed hard for Garrett, but to no avail, per Bleacher Report.

It's not hard to see why the player was such a hot commodity. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Garrett is the best outside linebacker in the country, the best overall prospect in the state of Illinois and the 28th-best prospect in the country.  

Garrett could easily step right onto just about any defense in the country and make an immediate impact, so LSU has to be thrilled with his decision to join the Tigers.

Although many outside linebackers are used as pass-rushers, Garrett instead excels against the run. At 6'2" and 228 pounds, he's physically imposing and can easily shed blocks. His aggressive nature means that as soon as the ball-carrier hits the line of scrimmage, Garrett is there to make a tackle.

And Garrett isn't the kind of player who only goes for the highlight-reel hits. He has good form and wraps up rather than launching himself at the ball-carrier.

The one area where Garrett can improve is figuring out when to pull back on the reins. Garrett must learn how to read the play properly and not get fooled by play action and counters/misdirections.

While that aggressiveness will always remain, he'll get coached up on how and when to break against the run and not get fooled. Garrett has all the physical tools; all he needs is the right kind of guidance to make the most of his assets, and based on his comments, he believes he'll get that at LSU.

It's only a matter of time before he becomes a star in college football.