Texas A&M Recruiting: Why Myles Garrett Is Key to the 2014 Class

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistOctober 10, 2013

Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin
Texas A&M head football coach Kevin SumlinScott Halleran/Getty Images

The Texas A&M football team is currently in dire need of playmakers on the defensive line. Although he will not help out in 2013, James Martin High School defensive end Myles Garrett is the key to the Aggies' 2014 recruiting class. 

The Texas A&M defense is struggling to get stops in 2013. It is allowing opposing offenses an average of 477 yards and 31 points per game. 

The biggest culprit for these defensive shortcomings is the poor play at the defensive end position. The Aggies defensive ends are not getting consistent penetration, and they are not holding the edge on the run game. 

The defensive ends have combined for six total tackles for loss in five games. Starting ends Julien Obioha and Gavin Stansbury have one tackle for loss between them. 

Opposing quarterbacks have all day to find an open receiver. The Aggies need to improve on the defensive line if they want to have a great defense, and that starts with bringing better players into the program. 

Garrett is a 5-star prospect, who is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 9 overall recruit in the country and the No. 1 defensive end in the state of Texas. The 6'4", 240-pound defensive end could be an impact player for the Aggies in 2014. 

He is lightning quick off the edge and would team with Texas A&M freshman defensive end Daeshon Hall to give the Aggies solid depth at the weak-side defensive end position. 

Hall has shown flashes of being a difference-maker as a freshman. He has seven tackles and a tackle for loss through six games. He is the only defensive end on the team who has shown the ability to consistently get into the opponents backfield.

On a team with more depth, Hall would have likely redshirted. The Aggies are trying to build that kind of depth through recruiting, and Garrett is a big piece to the puzzle. Kirby Ennis' recent season-ending injury proves once again that you can never have too much depth in the SEC.  

Garrett had 66 tackles and nine sacks during his junior season. He has come into his own as a dominant defensive player as a senior. 

Through five games, Garrett has made 41 tackles with 15 sacks. Martin head football coach Bob Wager lined up Garrett at nose guard during a recent game with Weatherford High School. The Weatherford center could not block Garrett, and he dominated the game. 

Garrett finished the game with 13 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt in a 47-3 Martin win. What Garrett did in one game would constitute a heck of a season for most defensive players. 

The Aggies' 2014 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 12 overall by 247Sports. That rankings will improve as the numbers in their class increase. If Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff can land Garrett, that would likely push the class back into the top 10. 

The Aggies are looking to bring in consecutive top-10 recruiting classes. That is the kind of talent you need to bring in on a yearly basis in order to compete with the elite programs in the SEC. 

Garrett is the best player in Texas and one of the best in the nation at a position of great need for A&M. He is a recruit that Sumlin and his staff simply have to land.