Projected Position: Defensive end
Rivals: 4-star, No. 228 overall player in the country, No. 9 player in Virginia
247Sports: 4-star, No. 244 overall player in the country, No. 8 player in Virginia
Scout: 4-star, No. 212 overall player in the country, No. 18 defensive end in the country
ESPN: 4-star, No. 22 DE in the country, No. 9 player in VA
Other Power 5 offers: 18
TyJuan Garbutt was a big target for Virginia Tech very early in the process. In fact, he committed to the Hokies on his Junior Day visit last February, and it marked the first big recruiting win for Justin Fuente. Garbutt decomitted over the summer, mostly to appease his high school coach, but after the season began I was never worried. He visited Blacksburg for five of Tech’s six home games and even traveled to the Belk Bowl. You don’t visit a school that much unless you intend to go there.
Rivals, Scout and ESPN list Garbutt as a defensive end, while 247Sports lists him as an athlete. He’s on record as saying he’s open to playing any position in college, but for right now the plan is to start his career at defensive end.
That being said, his senior year highlight tape is nearly all on the offensive side of the ball, and that makes it pretty hard to evaluate him as a defensive end. That means this scouting report is going to be a little bit different than most. I’m going to look at his junior film instead, which includes more defensive highlights.