There are a lot of potential game-changers in Texas A&M’s 2014 recruiting class, but defensive end Myles Garrett stands above them all.
The Arlington Martin five-star defensive end has steadily climbed in the recruiting rankings since his junior year. Now, as his two year-long recruiting cycle enters its final days, his ascension has reached its pinnacle when 247Sports tabbed Garrett as its No. 1 player in the country in the site’s final 2014 ranking.
The new ranking is somewhat arbitrary as it doesn’t all of a sudden make him a better player, but the accolade is just one in a string of positive movement for both Garrett and Texas A&M.
“I don’t know if (Texas A&M) has ever had the number one player in the country,” said Bobby Burton, editor of 247Sports and co-founder of Rivals.com.
Garrett’s 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame alone had scouts raving about his potential at the next level. As a senior he registered 88 tackles, 20.5 sacks and 39 tackles for loss before showing up in Florida for the Under Armour All-American Game practices and dominating other highly-touted prospects.
“Myles Garrett simply abused some of the nation’s top offensive linemen at the All-American practices a couple of weeks ago,” 247Sports Texas recruiting analyst Blake Munroe told the American-Statesman.
The scary thing for future Aggie opponents is the class has depth to go along with star power. Quarterback Kyle Allen and receiver Speedy Noil join Garrett in the new top ten, and six others rank in the top 300 of the 247 Composite ratings – a rating based on industry average.
“I don’t think A&M has had this strong a class since probably the mid- to late-‘80s,” Burton said.
Still, Garrett appears to be the biggest of prizes after being named the top player in the country on Tuesday.
Comparisons of Garrett to former Aggie Von Miller have already begun, and coming in as A&M’s highest ranked player potentially ever won’t stifle those lofty comparisons.
“His pass rushing skills are uncanny, and his ability to get in the backfield and disrupt plays in a hurry are something the Aggies haven’t had since Von Miller,” Munroe said. “I’d expect Garrett to make a name for himself in College Station very quickly.”
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