Texas A&M pulled in a big-time defensive end prospect for its 2014 recruiting class on Friday, landing a verbal commitment from 5-star prospect Myles Garrett of Martin High School in Arlington, Texas.
Chris Smith of 247Sports had the news on Twitter:
Garrett had a litany of offers from schools in the Big 12, SEC, ACC and Big Ten but chose to pursue Texas A&M. The blue-chip prospect had a big junior season for Martin High in 2012, earning wide respect and support for his edge-rushing ability.
Garrett said it was the Aggies' upward trending stock that appealed to him, according to Will Wilkerson of ESPN:
[The Aggies] are definitely going up [in the SEC]. Right now they are lacking some pass rush. That's all they really need to complete their team.
A 6'5", 247-pound prospect who reportedly runs a 4.7 40-yard dash, Garrett shows good skills off the edge, has dropped back into coverage for defensive coaches at Martin and has shown the versatility to take on guards or tackles when he puts his hand on the ground.
247Sports lists Garrett as the No. 16 player in the nation through its composite rankings, while he's also the No. 2 player at his position and the No. 2 player in Texas overall.
On film, Garrett is a physical freak.
His ability to both play the weak side along the defensive line and be a run-stopper when necessary has made him a hot commodity among head coaches around the college circuit, and with his current measureables there's little doubt the salivating is just beginning.
As a senior at Martin during the 2013-14 football season, Garrett will be expected to dominate. He has the skills and the tape to prove he's capable of such a task, and the Aggies will need to see him step his game up from both a technical and motor standpoint if they are going to offer playing time to Garrett as a freshman.
As it is, Garrett is a huge prospect who has gained national attention as an edge rusher. Head coach Kevin Sumlin liked what he saw on tape, and Garrett liked what he saw on campus, making this a perfect match for the 2014 recruit and A&M.
While the Johnny Manziel era may be coming to a close, landing top-notch recruits such as this makes it clear that this program isn't done contending in the SEC.
Verbal commitments are non-binding, and the first day a 2014 recruit can sign his National Letter of Intent is Feb. 5, 2014, per NCAA.org.