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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Signee profile: LB Justin Garrett

Justin Garrett, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound outside linebacker from Tucker, Ga., is Auburn's latest commitment.

Scout ranks him as a four-star recruit. Rivals puts him at three stars.

He finished with 70 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles for a Tucker High team that was one game away from the state championship.

A quick linebacker who projects on the weak-side, Garrett is more suited to playing on the perimeter than attacking the inside run. Scouting services say he's a good tackler who must improve on his pass coverage. Because of his size and inexperience in pass defense, he might need a redshirt year.

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  • Committed: July 27, 2010
  • Recruited by: Ted Roof, Tommy Thigpen
  • Also considered: Georgia, Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee, Clemson
  • Rivals: 66 position
  • Scout: 223 overall, 12 position
  • ESPN: 84 position
  • Notable: Younger brother of Notre Dame safety Jamoris Slaughter
  • Quotable: “He is a tough coach that coaches his guys pretty hard, but I know he could get me to where I need to be and that is to the NFL. I understand him, I get what he tells me, and he is a coach I could play for.” -- Garrett on Roof
Here's a scouting report by Scout's Chad Simmons:
Garrett is an athlete. He has played safety and linebacker in high school and will likely be an outside backer in college. He is a big hitter number one. He plays at a high speed and delivers a lot of pop when he makes tackles. He can really improve his tackling technique because he relies more on knocking his opponent down instead of wrapping them up. He also is a little thin, so he'll need to add weight in the future.