Life is plenty busy for normal high school students, maintaining a strict Monday to Friday schedule, hoping to piece together the best possible grade point average, all the while participating or competing in extra curricular activities. For someone like 2014 Arlington (Tex.) Martin high school defensive end, Myles Garrett, life is just flat out hectic. In addition to keeping things up to snuff in the classroom, Garrett plays three sports for the Warriors, excelling in basketball, track, and -- of course -- football.
“I don’t know if they (recruiting analysts) get to see every high school football player in America, but if there’s a prettier one, they’d have to show him to me,” Martin head football coach Bob Wager told GoBlueWolverine. “He’s special.”
At 6-4.5, 250-pounds, boasting a 36-inch vertical jump, 350-pound power clean, 585-pound squat, and a 4.57 40 yard dash time, Garrett has the size and toughness to be an effective stopper in rush defense, as well as an athletic menace off the edge in pass rush situations.
As coach Wager puts it, “He’s what they’re supposed to look like. He’s dominant in both.”
Sending 44 players to the next level on full scholarships over the past seven years, Wager and his staff is no stranger to college coaches coming in and out of the office.
Michigan assistant and offensive line coach Darrell Funk has been through to visit several times this spring, leaving a favorable impression under not always the most ideal of situations.
“Excellent,” said Wager of coach Funk. “Always first class -- always straight to business. One thing I appreciate with those guys, which I imagine is hard to imagine, but when I start to talk about having 15 to 20 college coaches coming through here in one day, it can get hectic.
“Darrell has done a great job between balancing the aspect of building a relationship with our coaching staff, and certainly Myles, and also respecting and appreciating the fact that he might be in the office visiting with me with five other college coaches sitting there.”
Although athletics take up a good portion of Garrett’s time, academics are very important to his daily regimen as well -- and he expects that to continue in college, where potentially breaking the bones of a quarterback won’t be his only objective.
“He wants to be a paleontologist, and he’s going to be the biggest dinosaur bone digger in the history of America,” said Wager laughing. “My fear is that he’ll break them once he finally gets his hands on them. So he’s very serious about his academics.
“At the same time, he wants to be a part of a great program and certainly, from our standpoint, you talk about the top football programs in the country, Michigan absolutely is a must to be in that conversation.”
In the middle of spring practice and track season, Garrett is still in the, “information gathering phase,” of his recruitment according to Wager. Once that is over with, more serious conversations will begin to take place.
“I don’t know what his summer schedule is yet,” said Wager. “We have spring training through May 30, and then at that point I’ll start (saying), ‘ok, let’s narrow it down and figure out the places you really want to go.’ Right now he’s just trying to get better everyday and trying to be the best Martin Warrior that he can.”
Garrett has been on the campus of all of the major division one programs in the state of Texas so far, but not necessarily as just a prospective football recruit.
“Because of the proximity he’s been to TCU, he’s been to Texas A&M, he’s been to Texas Tech, he’s been to Austin, and he’s been to Baylor,” said Wager. “Most of those were because of something else. He’s a three-sport athlete and so he went to the Texas relays, which is in Austin, he’s there and he sees the coaches from Texas. He has a sister who is a track and field athlete at Texas A&M, he goes to watch one of her meets, he’s there, and he visits with them. TCU is 12 miles down the road so that’s easy too.”