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Myles Garrett to Texas A&M Represents Recruiting Shift in Texas

Myles Garrett

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Texas A&M received a commitment from Arlington, Texas five-star defensive end, Myles Garrett (James Martin) today as the 6-foot-4, 247-pound lineman took a visit to College Station.

Garrett tells GigEm247: “They were the best school. They’re close. They had everything that I needed.”

The Aggies have been the assumed destination all along for 247Sports’ No. 1 weakside defensive end and their No. 9 overall recruit in the nation. Garrett was at Texas A&M’s junior day last year and according to his timeline of events on his 247Sports profile has unofficially visited the campus three times since Oct. 20, 2012.

He took his official visit earlier this season for the game vs. Alabama and had an official visit scheduled for Tuscaloosa on Nov. 8 when the Crimson Tide host LSU, but now that he is committed has shut down his recruitment and will not take any visits.

Garrett becomes the Aggies top ranked recruit joining Scottsdale, Az. quarterback Kyle Allen (Desert Mountain) as two five-stars in the class. Garrett is the second defensive end in the class joining Katy, Texas three-star recruit, Jarrett Johnson (Seven Lakes).

Here is a snippet of the scouting report on Garrett from Scout.com:

“He is cat quick off the edge and a dynamite pass rusher. At times he also shows great strength and can be powerfully overwhelming at the point of attack. He pursues the run well down the field and has the range and pursuit to make backside plays.”

Garrett is an absolute nightmare for offensive tackles to block. He is a terror coming off the edge and has a game with an astonishing 8.5 sacks over Weatherford earlier this month. According to MaxPreps he has 15 sacks on the season to go along with 23 tackles for loss.

Texas A&M should return the top three on the depth chart at defensive end and rush end for next year, so a starting spot won’t be handed to him, but with his skill-set and pedigree you should expect to see Garrett on the field early and often next season.

The commitment from Garrett represents a big shift in the Lone Star State for recruiting as this is the first time since Martellus Bennett signed with Texas A&M in 2005 that they have gotten the state’s top recruit.

The uncertain future of Mack Brown and the struggles of Texas in the past couple seasons along with the Aggies move to the SEC, Kevin Sumlin’s approach and the play of Johnny Manziel have made the Aggies the preferred destination.

Garrett was an all-state selection last year and has been selected to compete in the Under Armour All-American game this winter.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.