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#NewStandard18: Virginia locks in linebacker Javar Garrett

Garrett the third linebacker to sign with the Hoos early.

NCAA Football: Boston College at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Javar Garrett

Hometown: Penns Grove, NJ

Position: OLB

Ratings: *** (.8675 in 247 Composite)

Garrett had a lot to say about why he chose Virginia when he chatted with Jamie Oakes of 247 after committing.

It was honestly an easy choice. UVa provides me with an excellent education. We are the No. 2 public school in the nation and our resources are exquisite. UVa will set me up for success whether I go to the NFL or not. Everyone on the staff is family from Coach Mendenhall, all the way down to the assistants in the recruiting department.

I immediately felt that on my first visit. It was genuine and not just show. Nothing is sugarcoated in the program, they will tell you straight-up how they feel and where you stand.

I also have an opportunity to play coming in my freshman year because I will be playing both outside linebacker and inside linebacker.

Lastly, I love the ‘earned, not given’ motto. I strongly believe in it and can't wait to earn my spot in 2018!

Virginia’s linebacking corps will take a big hit with the graduation of Micah Kiser, but guys like Javar Garrett should look to make an impact right away.

Welcome to Virginia, Javar!