Inside Illinois head coach Tim Beckman’s office hangs a poster headlined Dawn Of A New Era.
Garrett's next scheduled visit is for Ohio State.
On it are pictures of top Illini recruiting targets.
While sitting in Beckman’s office and talking to him, Joliet (Ill.) Plainfield South Top50 junior linebacker Clifton Garrett saw his face on the poster.
“It was really cool and it shows how much he really wants me,” Garrett said.
Illinois was the first program to offer the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Garrett back in May. Since then, the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker according to the 247Composite has seen scholarships come in from the likes of Michigan State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Wisconsin.
Garrett has been to Champaign a couple times in the past, and Saturday’s loss to Indiana was his first game at Illinois this fall.
“I had a really good time there,” Garrett said. “It was a good game-day atmosphere. It wasn’t the best game-day atmosphere I’ve seen like Notre Dame or Michigan State but it was still a good game-day atmosphere. I got to do a tour and had a really good time down there.”
“I talked with the coaching staff,” Garrett said. “Coach Beckman is a good guy. Obviously they’re not doing so good but they have a new coaching staff and everyone had to get used to changes. I think they’re going to have a really good program the next few years.”
The next scheduled game visit for Garrett is Ohio State over Thanksgiving weekend for the Michigan game. He added he could take trips prior to that.