New Jersey's Red Bank Regional High School is in good shape to make the playoffs this year, with the Bucs at 4-1 in their region, 4-3 overall. A big reason for that has been the play of linebacker Garrett Sickels (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank Regional), who emerged as an ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect after making 44 solo tackles, 9.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a sophomore. His film went out during the spring, and 10 schools have offered Sickels since then, including the University of Georgia.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior has faced constant double-teams this season, which frees up his teammates to make plays. Sickels has been able to rack up more than 60 tackles and 8.5 sacks in seven games. Alabama, Boston College, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee, UCF and West Virginia have offered Sickels, and he was able to take in a Volunteers game two weeks ago in Knoxville.
"I went to see Tennessee take on LSU, and it was exciting," Sickels said. "It was my first huge SEC atmosphere, so it was great to see a big-time college football game in a huge stadium and meet the coaches. I also got to see my sister, who goes to Tennessee, so that was good also."