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Friday, October 18, 2013
DE Myles Garrett opts for Aggies

By William Wilkerson
ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- ESPN 300 DE Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin), the nation's No. 7 player, announced his commitment to Texas A&M on Friday.

Garrett chose the Aggies over Alabama, Ohio State, TCU and Florida State because he sees himself as a missing piece to Kevin Sumlin's squad.

"[The Aggies] are definitely going up [in the SEC]," said the 6-foot-5, 247-pound Garrett. "Right now, they are lacking some pass rush. That's all they really need to complete their team."

He should get a warm welcome in College Station on Saturday when his sister, Brea Garrett, is honored as part of the Aggies' track and field team during Texas A&M's game against Auburn. Garrett's commitment was so important to the A&M coaching staff that it spared no expense to impress him.

Two days prior to Texas A&M's heavily anticipated game against Alabama, Sumlin arrived by helicopter to watch Garrett play on Thursday night. That obviously caught the eye of the talented edge rusher.

"That was awesome," Garrett said. "That was a show of respect that they recognize me as a pretty good player in the state of Texas. That was the first one they sent [the helicopter to]. I was like, 'Wow, I guess I have to play my butt off.'"

So far this year, Garrett has 43 tackles (31 solo), 23 tackles for losses, 15 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles.

"Right now, he is unblockable," Martin coach Bob Wager said. "We've had some great players here that have wrecked havoc and done some great things here, but Myles Garrett is so quick off the ball. He is so explosive, and he is elevating everyone's play around him."

Many thought the Horned Frogs were serious contenders given their proximity to Garrett's high school and the familiarity his school has with TCU. Garrett is former teammates with TCU All-American defensive end Devonte Fields and freshman running back Kyle Hicks.

"I had to think about it because old teammates go there, and playing along with them, chemistry would come together," Garrett said. "[Devonte] said we could just dominate coming off the edge. There is no better tandem than us two."