Notre Dame is Clifton Garrett's first game

Junior linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) had never been on a college football visit before, and Notre Dame made him feel like he was already a member of the Fighting Irish.

“I had a great time,” Garrett said following his visit for the Michigan game.

Garrett joined the other recruits and received a look at the football complex and watched a highlight video of Notre Dame football. One of the best parts for him though was walking from the building to the stadium.

“We took a walk through all the fans, it was crazy,” he said. “It felt like I was already on the team. That was amazing.”

The fans did not calm down much from the walk to the actual game. Garrett was surprised to see the stadium full an hour before kickoff.

“It was crazy. The fans were everywhere, everyone showing support. They’re die-hard,” he said. “Once it started, they gave us great seats, front row right next to the student section. That was amazing.”

Garrett will visit Michigan State this coming Saturday before seeing Notre Dame again Oct. 6 when the Irish play Miami (Fla.) at Soldier Field, about a 45-minute drive from Garrett’s home.

Garrett is closing in on double-digit offers, and Ohio State, Michigan State and the Irish used to be Garrett’s top three. However, he said that has changed.

“I don’t got a top team right now. I still got a long way to go,” he said. “I’m just enjoying everything and getting around.”

Through five games, Garrett has around 60 tackles, two sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles.