Riverbend (Fredericksburg, VA) defensive end/outside linebacker TyJuan Garbutt has quickly become one of the most highly recruited juniors in the state. Beginning in June with Pittsburgh, the 6’3”, 220-pound prospect has received 14 scholarship offers in three months. Michigan State, NC State, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are among the other schools that have offered.
Garbutt says he has visited “most” of the schools that offered. His most recent trip was to Blacksburg to watch Virginia Tech’s regular season opener against Ohio State.
Garbutt says Virginia Tech is “pretty high” on his list. Of his latest experience in Blacksburg, he said: “[Monday] night helped more than it hurt. Yeah, they lost, but I saw a lot of good things. Also I love the fans. I love the campus.”
Garbutt’s next college trip will be this Saturday, when he travels to Charlottesville to watch UVa host Notre Dame. He last visited Virginia on August 31.
“I love UVa really because of Coach London. He is a great person,” Garbutt said.
Virginia and Virginia Tech are two of five schools the standout defensive prospect is favoring at this point.
“I love UVa and Virginia Tech because they’re where I’m from. They’re both my home,” Garbutt said.
Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia round out Garbutt’s current top five. A specific decision timetable has not been set; however, Garbutt says he is “committing after the season.”
Garbutt tallied 15 tackles for loss with six sacks his sophomore season. After an outstanding summer on the recruiting front, the talented junior is one of the leaders of Riverbend’s defense along with senior linebacker Lorenzo Dorr, senior defensive tackle Tyler Thomas and junior cornerback Clarence Washington. Versatile and athletic, Garbutt is moved around to try and slow the opposing team’s offensive strengths.
“A lot of (college) coaches love my speed,” said Garbutt.
Riverbend is 0-2 so far this season. It lost 7-6 to Courtland, which features UVa-bound athlete Nick Grant and Virginia Tech-bound linebacker/running back Victor Greene, this past week and lost by 3 (27-24) to a talented Chancellor...
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