Coach's Corner: Myles Garrett

The recruiting process began early for Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett. Coach Bob Wager spoke with TSD today regarding Garrett and what abilities the four-star prospect brings to the table. Where Garrett will visit was also on the agenda today.

Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett has been coveted by colleges since the end of his sophomore year. He also enjoyed a very productive junior year with 66 total tackles and nine sacks on the season. At 6-4 245 pounds, it easy to see why numerous schools from around the country have taken notice of Garrett very early in the process.

Head coach Bob Wager spoke with TSD regarding his star player for the class of 2014. With Garrett, Wager explained that there are a few things that jump out to people when they see the four-star prospect. Wager believes that Garrett is in league of his own when it comes to elite football talent and athletic ability. While that may be the case, there are other very good things about Garrett outside of talent.

"Athletically, a player like him is very rare," Wager told TSD. "At his size, Myles runs a 4.57 second 40-yard dash. He can dunk a shot put if you wanted him to. He's very physical off the line and he is relentless. He is also one of the most coachable players I have ever been around."

Being so highly touted in high school has put some pressure on Garrett to perform well as a senior. Wager explained that the expectations of Garrett on the field are very high, but he expects a lot out of his defensive end off the field as well.

"We have been blessed where we have had some big time guys that are also our hardest workers," said Wager. "That is how Myles is. I expect him to lead the younger players both verbally and by his actions. Nothing says that more than work ethic. He has done that so far in the offseason."

The recruiting process started for Garrett well over a year ago. Because of that, Wager explained that there hasn't really been any changes in the recruitment of Garrett.

"I'm not sure that he has had any new offers recently," said Wager. "That all started for him his sophomore year and it has continued. As a result of his good communication skills, colleges have known about him for quite some time. His recruitment has been hectic for a long time."

LSU was one school to send an offer out to Garrett relatively early in the process. Wager explained that there has been regular contact with the LSU staff since they came into the picture.

"I think the LSU staff has been in regular contact, or as much as is allowed," said Wager. "The interest has been very significant and sincere from both sides with LSU. Myles is definitely interested in them."

Garrett has yet to check out the Baton Rouge campus, something that Wager said would definitely happen over the summer months. Even though he has yet to visit LSU, Wager explained that Garrett has several reasons for his early interest in the Tigers.

"I think the fact that they are one of the best traditions in college football had a lot to do with his interest there," said Wager. "They have a great defense."

One thing that stands out to Wager about Garrett is how the prospect has handled his recruitment so far. Garrett is a three-sport athlete for his Dallas area school. Because of that, Wager explained that Garrett has really put a lot of thought into his recruiting process.

"It has been refreshing to have a guy that is really handling things the right way, especially with how many we have seen go through the recruiting process," said Wager. "I really don't think he has put much thought into it his recruitment at this point because he has been focused on other sports."

The fact that Garrett has a lot on his plate has also prevented him from taking visits to some schools on his list that are a little further from his home. Wager explained that Garrett plans to visit those schools over the summer when things have died down for him a bit.

"He is going to the Texas Relays on Saturday, so he will be on the Texas campus this weekend," said Wager. "He went to TCU and Texas A&M, but those are also easy to get to for him. Time is the enemy for him because he is trying to balance everything. Places that are a little further away will have to be visited this summer."

With regards to when a decision would be made by Garrett, Wager believes that it won't happen for quite some time.

"He will decide after his season because he wants to make the most informed decision possible," said Wager. "I don't know that he will be able to see everything before that time."

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