Beth Long’s weekly recruiting roundup

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Huskers offer Garrett

Plainfield South linebacker Clifton Garrett picked up an offer from Nebraska.

“I had talked to Coach John Garrison before they came by the school,” Garrett said. “He told me that today was his first place on the road and that the head coach told him the first person he wanted him to see was me so that was really cool.”

Also dropping by to see Garrett was Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and Iowa among others — with positive feedback for Garrett.

“They all said they loved my highlight tape, they said they like that I play downhill and I like to hit,” Garrett said. “They love my physicality and they all want me to come down for a game day.”

Morgan Talks New Interest

In the time since Crete-Monee won the 6A IHSA title, junior linebacker Nyles Morgan has added offers from Indiana, Michigan, Florida and Wisconsin.

“With Wisconsin I like their group of linebackers, how they work with them and produce new good ones every year, and with Michigan the same thing,” Morgan said. “Florida has always had good linebackers in the past and put guys in the league. And Indiana is a program on the rise.”

Finnin Adds Big Offers

Former Crete-Monee offensive lineman Matt Finnin graduated with the class of 2010, and after a long road to the present the College of DuPage prospect has nearly 30 offers.

“My father has always had a lot of health problems, including when he had a heart transplant 21 years ago,” Finnin said. “The doctors told him he had two years to live, and he is still going strong. I think that is where I get my nasty streak from, from watching him fight.”

The 6-foot-8, 305 pound junior college offensive tackle has a top five of Marshall, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and Maryland.

“It all boils down to the same thing in football,” Finnin said. “And I have that mindset, a mindset that I’m not gonna get beat no matter what.”

Finnin took a weekend official visit to Kansas, and has plans to visit Maryland Friday.

Other Notes

Illinois is the first school to offer Downers Grove South freshman offensive lineman Erik Swenson.

“It was pretty cool and very exciting to see the home state school take recognition in young players. It’s very cool of Illinois to do that at such a young age,” the 6-foot-7, 280-pound Swenson said.

The Illini also offered Stevenson junior defensive back Matt Morrissey, making it his second offer after Toledo.

“It is great that Illinois is close to home, and I have always dreamed of playing college football,” Morrissey said.

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