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Expect the choice to be Texas A&M.
Garrett, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 2 weakside defensive end by Rivals, is considering the Aggies along with Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Texas Christian.
Garrett will visit Texas A&M on Saturday, although he told AggieYell.com the visit will be to see his sister, who attends Texas A&M. Still, Garrett plans to attend the Aggies’ game Auburn and will likely do so as an Aggie commitment.
There won’t be a big ceremony for Garrett’s announcement. He told AggieYell he wants to create a little suspense before he calls each school to inform the coaches of his decision.
“I just want the last little bit to be a surprise,” Garrett said. “I don’t want to name a favorite.”
Damon Sayles of ESPN RecruitingNation agreed that “all signs are pointing (Garrett) to wear Aggie maroon next year. But let’s not count out TCU just yet.” Sayles pointed to TCU’s proximity to Garrett’s home and the fact TCU scored an upset commitment from Dallas offensive lineman Ty Barrett.
Garrett would be an important commitment for any school. He’s one of the nation’s top prospects from a key recruiting area. ESPN’s scouting report wrote in part:
“Garrett possesses a lot of natural ability and tremendous upside. He is a good player with some exciting upside. Possesses a lot of tools to work with and can potentially develop into one of the top defenders in college football.”
Texas A&M is still developing into one of the nation’s top destinations for recruits. The Aggies’ 2014 class, which has 14 commitments, is ranked No. 14 in the nation by Rivals. No school ranked ahead of Texas A&M has fewer than 15 commitments.
Garrett is one of several highly-touted prospects remaining on Texas A&M’s board. Other key targets for the Aggies include defensive back Jamal Adams from Carrollton, Texas, defensive end Qualen Cunningham from Chandler, Ariz., and wide receiver Speedy Noil and defensive tackle Gerald Willis from New Orleans.
Texas A&M hopes its commitment from Scottsdale, Ariz., quarterback Kyle Allen might help influence Cunningham and offensive tackle Casey Tucker, Cunningham’s teammate at Hamilton High School.
Cunningham has been considered a “longtime Aggie lean,” according to 247Sports, but Tucker is favoring Stanford.
“A&M is still working diligently to get Tucker down for a visit this fall, hopefully the Vanderbilt game, but that’s not set in stone at this point,” Taylor Hamm wrote for 247Sports.
Garrett’s commitment isn’t set in stone yet either. But Texas A&M will go into Saturday feeling good about its chances.
— William Wilkerson (@ESPNwilkerson) October 18, 2013
Auburn commit Williams planning all five visits
Linebacker Tre Williams from St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Ala., remains committed to Auburn.
But Williams wants to check out some other schools to make sure the decision he made in May is the right one.
Williams told Rivals he plans to take official visits to Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, Florida State and Miami before he makes a final decision. He said he will likely take most of the visits after his senior season.
“Auburn really trusts me to let me take these visits, and that really means a lot they trust me that much,” Williams said. “They said they didn’t have a problem with me taking these visits.”
Williams, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 2 inside linebacker by Rivals, will use his visits to other schools to compare them to Auburn. He has cited his strong relationship with the coaches and school since he committed to the Tigers.
“I know every school has their different qualities,” Williams told Rivals. “I really love Auburn and their campus but I think I need to go experience what everyone else has to offer to see if anywhere feels like home. That’s why I committed to Auburn because it feels like home and I think that is the one comparison a lot of these schools will lack.”
Until Williams says he’s found a “home” feeling somewhere else, Auburn shouldn’t have any reason to be concerned. But Auburn will have to wait out those trips in the meantime.
Mississippi State, Tennessee continue to lead for Thomas
Mississippi State and Tennessee are still the top two teams for defensive end Cory Thomas from McAdory High School in McCalla, Ala.
Thomas told 247Sports that a recent trip to Tennessee made it a two-team race at the top.
“When I was up there (at Tennessee) they showed me lots of love,” Thomas said. “I was talking to Mississippi State nearly every day with me calling them or them calling me. Then Tennessee really picked it up a lot in the last month. But I still got love for Mississippi State and I really haven’t changed my thoughts on them either.”
Other schools are playing catch-up with the Bulldogs and Vols. Thomas will visit Clemson this weekend to watch the Tigers play Florida State. He also has trips planned to Florida, Mississippi State and Florida State during the season.
Thomas said he wants to take his time before he makes an official decision.
“I am basically waiting on my official visits and so my mom can see what it is like at these schools, too,” he told 247Sports. “She won’t be the reason why I choose a school but I want her to see what these coaches are like and who would be taking care of me.”
Is Oregon the favorite to land Jackson?
Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., is one of the nation’s most coveted prospects.
That’s why Florida, LSU and Tennessee have made such a strong run to try to land Jackson, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 2 cornerback by ESPN. Florida State and Ohio State have also been in the picture.
Another school to watch is Oregon. The Ducks have established themselves among the nation’s elite, and they appear to offer everything Jackson is looking for in a school.
That’s why the latest prediction from ESPN is Jackson will sign with Oregon. Here’s the latest from the site:
“A number of schools will remain in the running for Jackson all the way until he announces his commitment on signing day. While several SEC programs, including Florida, LSU and Tennessee, as well as Florida State and Ohio State, are in the mix, there’s something about the combination of football and track at Oregon — not to mention the obvious comparisons to De’Anthony Thomas — that make the Ducks a potential landing spot for the two-way standout.”
There’s a long way to go with Jackson’s recruitment, and the “confidence meter” at ESPN is admittedly not high on the Oregon prediction. But the Ducks will certainly be worth watching as they try to outrace every school for the elite athlete from California.