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.”