One of the nation’s top defensive tackles participated in Dabo Swinney’s high school camp earlier this month, and the trip paid off with a Clemson offer. But the Tigers aren’t the only ones interested in 2025 defensive lineman Christian Garrett (6-4 255) of Bogart (GA) Prince Avenue Christian School. He currently holds a dozen offers including Clemson, USC, Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee.
During his camp stay, Garrett worked out exclusively with defensive tackles coach Nick Eason.
“It was awesome. They really pushed each other, and they really feed off of each other,” Garrett said of the Clemson coaches. “Coach Eason’s a good guy. You could tell. He’s just real genuine. It’s like he’s so genuine it’s like we met before almost. He grew up in the South. He’s a real southern guy and he’s just … I don’t know, he just has a real authentic personality. He’s not changing for anybody. I like that.”
Despite the football theme, Garrett learned that Clemson is also serious about academics.
“One thing that stood out for sure is how much Coach Eason and Coach Swinney take academics seriously,” Garrett explained. “They are also very serious about how they take their personal faith in Jesus Christ.”
The coveted prospect also got an opportunity to spend a little time with Swinney.
“It was really brief, but he just basically told me that he likes me, they’ll keep an eye on me,” Garrett noted of his encounter with the Tigers’ head coach. “And then it was Coach Eason that gave me the offer. He said it was really special because they put a lot of defensive linemen in the NFL.”
Garrett said he’s still working on the dates to get to Florida and Tennessee, but he’s also eyeing a certain Clemson matchup this fall.
“I definitely want to come back. I am trying to get to that Florida State game.”