Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.) star offensive lineman Garrett Anderson has narrowed his list of schools to three and hopes to decide in the near future. Two ACC schools and one SEC program made the final cut for the 6-4, 270-pound prospect.
“I’m deciding between [South] Carolina, Clemson and Virginia Tech right now,” Anderson said. “I’m going to make a decision by the end of July.”
Anderson discussed what each of his three finalists have to offer.
“They have my field that I really want to go into,” Anderson said. He’s interested in Engineering. “I know the coaches very well. We went up there to visit last Thursday, the 14th, and it was very nice. We met with the coaches up there and saw what they had to offer – it was really nice. They have a good program up there, so that fit pretty well.
“It’s the hometown school. It’s only 30 minutes away and my sister goes there. I met with them on the 7th [of July], I think. I met with their offensive line coach and the academic coordinator. There’s a lot of opportunity there because they are so short on positions. It would fit very well because there is a lot of opportunity there. They do have my major, but it’s not as high as Clemson’s. But it’s just the hometown school pretty much.
“Before I went up there for the prospect camp, I knew it was a highly prestigious school. They played very well in the bowl game last year. I wanted to see how it would turn out and it turned out very well. I like the coaches there – Bud Foster came by our school earlier in the year and said it would be a good idea if I came up and saw the camp. I liked the camp and I saw the new part of the stadium and everything looked real nice. It was a real nice stadium and they had real nice coaches. I met with coach Stinespring, who is a real nice guy and I’ve heard he’s a real good offensive line coach. I’m hoping to learn more about him when I go back up there for the 26th.”
Anderson and his parents will head up to Blacksburg on July 25th, stay the night and then tour Virginia Tech once again on the 26th. He does not plan to visit Clemson or South Carolina again before making a decision.
“Virginia Tech’s my last visit,” said Anderson, who says all three schools “are pretty much the same” right now. “I want to take a week or so to think about what the schools have to offer, so I might not decide in July – it may be early August.”
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