Justin Garrett, Tucker’s ‘other linebacker,’ commits to Auburn

As several college football programs have learned, James Vaughters is not the only big-time linebacker at Tucker High. And while Justin Garrett may not have 40 offers like his ballyhooed teammate, he’s good enough to have attracted the attention of almost every ACC and SEC school.

Auburn was among those sold on Garrett. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound linebacker accepted a scholarship offer from the Tigers on Tuesday.

“Yep, Auburn got him,” Tucker coach Franklin Stephens said Wednesday. “He committed yesterday.”

So what did the Tigers get in Garrett?

“Him and Vaughters are different players,” Stephens said. “Both play linebacker, but they’re different kinds of linebackers. James is a little bigger (6-3, 230). Justin started out for us playing in the secondary for two years. We needed to move him up to linebacker last year and he just flourished.

“We had all these people coming in to see James and I’d tell them, we’ve got another good linebacker you need to look at, too. He’s 6-2, 195 and runs extremely well. Facing all these spread offenses, Garrett doesn’t even have to come off the field. He’s a very versatile athlete.”

Garrett chose the Tigers over at least a dozen other offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, N.C. State and Tennessee.

“I love it at Auburn. I love the opportunity I have there,” Garrett told AuburnSports.com. “Auburn is in the SEC. It’s close to home. It’s great football and a great school. There are a lot of linebackers leaving so I’ll have a chance to play as a freshman whether it’s on special teams or linebacker.”

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July 28th, 2010
3:08 pm

Welcome aboard Mr. Garrett!! War Eagle!


July 28th, 2010
3:11 pm

Chip – hope your wife is well enough to wack you over the head for working today !!!!!


July 28th, 2010
3:13 pm

Wack is just a smack – Whack is with a heavy object.


July 28th, 2010
3:14 pm

Good luck to the young man. I’d imagine that he better hit the weight room hard in the next year if he wants to get a lot of PT as a freshman.


July 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

I’m a huge GT fan

Blake Wager

July 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

Hi, I’m Blake Wager and I would like to say “War Eagle!” Also, I do Taxes in AL.


July 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

UGA got enough linebackers bigger in sizes than Garret. Congrats though


July 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

Tiger Eagle

July 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

Go Tigers! I mean Go War Eagle!


July 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

Looking at his size, I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t moved to safety at the college level.

Grats to the young man at finding at home.

Now can the Dawgs finally land a LB? Anyone?


July 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

RxDawg – although it won’t be reflected in the final recruiting rankings, I guess you could sort of consider Jarvis Jones as part of this class.


July 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

You can consider Jarvis Jones as part of this class but, we still need to land more LBs. To switch to a 3-4 and still can’t recruit LBs is pretty sad. I know we have LBs but, getting them here to learn the system and getting the size and ready to play is a different story. Lot of big name coaches on the defense but, we are still not bringing in that top talent. Hopefully after this season these kids will see the big change in UGA’s defensive philosophy and as a team overall. We still need RBs and we need to put more effort into recruiting more than just Crowell. You can recruit in-state all you want to but you still can’t force the kids to stay instate. We need to take the recruiting nationally like Fla., Alabama, and USC does. The difference will show instantly.


July 28th, 2010
4:12 pm


As Alabama is sticking with their 4-6 type defense, they can recruit the smallish LBs that UGA used to get. You can be a 215 lb. OLB in the SEC in the 4-6. (Being 6′2″ already, he can put on 20 lbs. in a couple of years easy.) You can’t in the 3-4. Remember: Derrick Brooks terrorized your Atlanta Falcons for decades at OLB for Tampa Bay, and he was no bigger than 220 lbs. in college.


July 28th, 2010
4:14 pm


At UGA, the problem is never recruiting. Hasn’t been since the Donnan era. (Then again, even Ray Goff landed some great classes.) It is what they do with the players once they get here.

Plainsmen, War Eagles, and Tigers

July 28th, 2010
4:33 pm

Although I’m not sure what my mascot will be, I’m glad to be all of them, this way when we start losing again we’ll just change our names so noone will recognize us…..lol…..anyways, good luck to you young man


July 28th, 2010
4:34 pm

Bryce Brown leaves UT again. This time all Dooley got was a text message. He never asked permission to go to another school! At some point Brown will have to man-up with Dooley and that won’t be pretty folks!!


July 28th, 2010
4:39 pm

Why all the concern about linebackers already? I’d like to get a few more, and I’m sure we will before signing day. We seem to be in the running for quite a few top ones. And don’t forget Hererra committed, he’s ranked about #10 nationally.

But, alas, I have to point out one thing that just bugs me. Nothing to do with the kid’s attitude in this case, he’s not even quoted. But do we wonder sometimes why these recruits are so full of themselves? I saw it in the coach’s quote, “Yep, Auburn got ‘em”. Whoo, lucky Auburn! Perhaps the kid’s lucky Auburn wanted HIM?


July 28th, 2010
4:47 pm

Chip, hope the wife is doing well also.


July 28th, 2010
5:25 pm

Him and Vaughters? Obviously, Coach Stephens isn’t teaching English.


July 28th, 2010
5:27 pm

I have all ideas that a lot of those DE’s that we got last year will be moved to linebacker.

Asheville Dawg

July 28th, 2010
5:28 pm

Why aren’t Tucker kids going to UGA anymore?


July 28th, 2010
5:45 pm

I would think uga is just fine at LB. Last year we got stripling, burrows, baker, and possibly tree and morant. To me that’s plenty to work with.


July 28th, 2010
5:46 pm

Nations #22 CB Justin Coleman has picked Tennessee over:

He’s from Brunswick, GA. 6′0 175 4.4 40
a good pickup for UT


July 28th, 2010
6:01 pm


I used to agree with you in that the problem at UGA wasn’t the recruiting.

Now I’m not so sure. As bdwag referenced, UF and possibly UA as well, are now recruiting more nationally. In addition to the talent-rich FL, Meyer has been pulling in a lot of out-of-state players. Last year he recruited Powell (CA), Lloyd (PA), Easley (NY), Shaw (CA), Coxson (PA), in addition to the kids from FL and GA. They were all highly-ranked nationally and should all see some playing time this year.


July 28th, 2010
7:00 pm

Thanks NoGaGator. I am a big UGA fan, but you have to open your eyes to see that the problem is not only the coaching but also the recruiting. UGA does not have a pitbull when it comes to recruiting the top players in the country. We developed the mind set to just recruit mainly GA., Fla., and SC. They all put out a number of good players but not the top players at each position. Seems to me that we take the easy way out when it comes to national recruiting. Even Ga Tech is trying to recruit nationally. They may not get the players, but they did make an attempt to. We can continue to just recruit these areas and continue to fall behind the national powerhouses. One thing that Damon Evans wanted for the programs was national exposure and now we might take a back seat if we don’t hire the right AD. He wasn’t perfect, but he tried to lead us in the top direction. If we don’t do something now, we will continue to say “wait until next year.”


July 28th, 2010
7:00 pm

love when the local kids do well!!!


July 28th, 2010
7:59 pm

I hate we lost on this one. I head he could run like a deer.


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July 28th, 2010
9:06 pm

A 6′ 2″, 210 pound linebacker is a very good size to play outside LB in this day of spread offenses. Most kids gain around 15 lbs from high school until they arrive on their college campus. I think this guy is a great pickup for Auburn.


July 28th, 2010
9:18 pm

Talk around bama is it”s just a matter of time before the NCAA comes down on them for violations. Some people over here are talking about NCAA taking their crown.


July 28th, 2010
11:13 pm

195 seems a mite small for a SEC linebacker

Dash Riprock

July 28th, 2010
11:32 pm

“Why aren’t Tucker kids going to UGA anymore?”

Tucker’s Chris Sanders is a Georgia commit.

Red Dog 77

July 29th, 2010
12:48 am

Justin Garrett looks like a solid get for Auburn, congratulations war eagles……….Looks like on paper, the Georgia vs Auburn game may well be a real big one this year ! a shur-nuff bloody nose affair………until then, best of luck war eagles………….while my BIG DOGS EAT !!!!!……..SIC’ ‘EM………….WOOF…..WOOF……WOOF !!!!!!!


July 29th, 2010
10:18 am

Dooley gets another good d-back from Georgia in Coleman.
I hate when Uwe Tee gets talent from our state!


July 29th, 2010
10:37 am

“James Wilder, Isaiah Crowell and their families will be in Athens this weekend. Aside from the positive of having the 2 best running back recruits in the country on campus, to have apparently convinced each of them that playing with the other would be acceptable is quite a coup in this day of the prima donna athlete.”

-Leather Helmet Blog


July 29th, 2010
12:09 pm

Good move for the kid. He never would have seen the field at Georgia.


July 29th, 2010
12:10 pm

Kid was way too small for the 3-4.

We need LB’s about 6′ 3”, 250 lbs.

Delbert D.

July 29th, 2010
12:31 pm

Kirk – According to the Georgia depth chart, OLBs Washington 6′4 248, Gamble 6′2 250 and Houston 6′3 259 fit that criteria.


July 29th, 2010
1:47 pm

Who says UGA can’t/doesn’t recruit nationally. Do you remember Stafford and Moreno? Both were top-notch, out-of-state recruits. I believe that I remember hearing CMR say that there’s no need to heavily recruit on a national level because the talent in the southeast is just that great.


July 29th, 2010
1:49 pm


Why has Tucker been a kind of “Bermuda Triangle”
of recruiting for Ga Tech?

I cant remember any recruit from Tucker signng a LOI to Ga Tech in a very very long time?

Or, is that just an urban myth?


July 29th, 2010
2:08 pm

Auburn is a great school? Based on what criteria??? They certainly are not Duke, Vandy, Harvard, Yale, or even the trade school in Atlanta. But I guess based on Bama standards they are better than Troy and about equal to Bama. They certainly are in nobody’s top 20 for Public U’s. Except occasionally in Baseball and Football.


July 29th, 2010
2:28 pm

There are certain academic requirements that have to be met before GT pursues a recruit. Keep your grades up kids!

Say again?

July 29th, 2010
2:30 pm

“Him and Vaughters….”????? Is English required of the students? It must not be for the coaches.

Tuscaloosa Tommy

July 29th, 2010
2:50 pm

A-U-B-U-R-N: Alabama usually bets us ’round November.

blue and gold

July 29th, 2010
2:52 pm

congrats to justin hes a good kid. well see how good he is on august 27 vs swd. and by the way all you georgia fans ,tech fans and everyone else SOUTHWEST DEKALB has their most talented team in the last 15years they have division 1 players at every position 2 deep also they have 3 qbs that are ready to lead the team with jahalil young a jr that started 5 games last year and went 5-0 also they have a transfer andre wilson who is a topp 100 qb in the nation . these qbs have a enormous amounts of weapons at their disposal with rb george kennedy taking over for the georgia signee ken malcome the offense will be reminisant of the state championship team led by quincey carter. the defense led by florida state signee terrance smith will be as dominant as ever .This years defense boasts a defensive line and linebacker corps that will produce at least 12 div 1 players in the next 2 years with a speedy and tough secondary to match.


July 29th, 2010
2:59 pm

Auburn is a great school, I have the US news college ranking magazine, and they rankied Auburn like 88 and bama was at like 96, not bad. UGA might be in much highe rank, but that doesn’t mean they are good at college football, thats what this blog is about.


July 29th, 2010
3:07 pm

The guy wanted to be close to home, but not too close, and he wanted a chance to play his freshman year. Were you never 19? Of course, from where I sit, he chose being close to home and playing his freshman year over about a 90% chance at an SEC and/or national championship ring. But like I said, we were all 19 at one point.


July 29th, 2010
3:16 pm

Should have picked Auburn with a Lake ie CLEMSON. Better looking girls and no COW SMELL.


July 29th, 2010
3:18 pm

With the exception of Vanderbilt, there is not enough difference academically among the SEC school to influence anyone’s decision.