The state of Texas has a history of developing great football talent. In some towns, football is a way of life. Football doesn’t get much more competitive overall than in Texas, and defensive end Myles Garrett of James Martin High School is a great example.
Garrett is currently the top recruit state by ESPN and the fourth by Rivals. He is also the sixth player in the nation by ESPN, but only the 36 by Rivals. We all know that no method of analyzing talent is going to provide a definite answer, but there is no questioning the production and size of Garret.
Standing around 6-foot-4 and weighing around 240-pounds, Garrett was the heart of a Martin High defense that struggled at times to stop opposing offenses. When Martin’s defense did play well, it was usually because Garrett was pressuring the quarterback (he finished the season with nine sacks), and because they were going above and beyond to avoid running the ball by Garrett.
Martin finished the season at 7-4, losing in the first round of the Conference 5A Texas High School Playoffs to Carroll High School in the first round. Garrett will undoubtedly come back out for his senior season ready to make an even bigger impact. He will look to become a more poised and consistent pass rusher and to be an even bigger force in stopping the run.
Martin is currently being heavily coveted by Texas A&M, and on the outside looking in are TCU and Oklahoma. If Garrett does choose A&M, he will add to an already deep recruiting class, and could further add to the ascension of Texas A&M up the SEC food chain.
It will be interesting to see what happens to Myles Garrett over the next couple of years.