Aggies land nation’s top DE

Posted October 18th, 2013


A good recruiting cycle got even better for Texas A&M on Friday when Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett verbally pledged to the Aggies.

Garrett, No. 2 on the latest Statesman Fabulous 55 and ranked as the top defensive end in the country by 247Sports composite rankings, made the announcement in front of his teammates and the media. He picked A&M over Alabama, TCU, Texas and many others.

“If I’m going to make my commitment right now,” he said, “I’m going to make it to Texas A&M.”


The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defender has been as good as advertised in his final year at Martin. He’s recorded 43 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 15 sacks for the 5-1 Warriors.

With his size and speed, Garrett could be an instant-impact player for Texas A&M next fall.

Garrett, ranked No. 18 overall in the country in the 2014 class, was a top priority for A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. The head Aggie showed up at a Martin game in a helicopter two days before A&M took on Alabama.

The Aggies now have 15 pledges in their 2014 class, a group that ranks seventh in the 247Sports composite team rankings. Garrett’s commitment moved A&M up four spots, ahead of No. 8 Texas.

The 15 future Aggies have an average player rating of 91.97. That is second to only Alabama (92.81), currently the owner of the nation’s No. 1 class.

Garrett is the highest ranked player in the Fab 55 to pledge – No. 1 Tony Brown, No. 3 Jamal Adams and No. 4 Solomon Thomas remain uncommitted.

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