SDS will rank the SEC’s potential instant impact newcomers–using the month of March–by ranking them No. 31 down to No. 1. Today we look at Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett. This gives our readers an idea of which 2014 signees we believe will step up in the fall and possibly contribute in a big way. Junior college prospects are always players to keep an eye on, obviously, as they’ve already played college ball … and high school prospects at certain positions sometimes flourish early.
Here’s a look at who we think has the ability to step into a good situation and be in for key snaps, and be sure and check out the SEC countdown of impact newcomers at the bottom.
No. 2 – Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, DE
HOMETOWN: Arlington (Texas)
RANK: Five-star prospect; No. 2 overall prospect in America.
THE SKINNY: Take a crane, fix a heavy-metal wrecking ball to it. Swing it in the direction of the opponent’s offensive line. That’s Garrett. He proved it in the national all-star game scene, doing damage most individuals don’t do in games of this magnitude. This kid is good.
WHERE HE’LL MAKE AN IMPACT: If the Aggies had several open positions available on the defensive line, it’d be easy to just sketch him in as the No. 1 overall impact guy–but the Aggies do have some people back. But trust us on this, he’ll be playing from day one … probably stealing an incumbent’s starting position.
GARRETT SAYS: “Texas came by and TCU called, but I was set on A&M since probably Junior Day last year. Great campus, great people and a great football program”
COACH SAYS: “We have some guys in there with big size, and we’re going to recruit defensive ends like that. For us it’s an area of need and I think we were successful in addressing. Any time when you’re building a championships team, you have to be strong and have some depth in the front. In a short period of time, I think we were able to answer some of those questions.” — TAMU coach Kevin Sumlin
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.
Other impact newcomers:
- No. 1 Leonard Fournette, LSU
- No. 2 Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
- No. 3 Dontavius Blair, Tennessee
- No. 4 D’Haquille Williams, Auburn
- No. 5 Speedy Noil, Texas A&M
- No. 6 Jalen Tabor, Florida
- No. 7 Malachi Dupre, LSU
- No. 8 Bijhon Jackson, Arkansas
- No. 9 C.J. Hampton, Ole Miss
- No. 10 Tony Brown, Alabama
- No. 11 Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
- No. 12 Lorenzo Carter, Georgia
- No. 13 Jalen Hurd, Tennessee
- No. 14 DaVonte Lambert, Auburn
- No. 15 Kyle Allen, Texas A&M
- No. 16 Roc Thomas, Auburn
- No. 17 Aeris Williams, Mississippi State
- No. 18 Avery Gennessy, Texas A&M
- No. 19 Thaddeus Snodgrass, Kentucky
- No. 20 Fahn Cooper, Ole Miss
- No. 21 Nifae Lealao, Vandy
- No. 22 Rod Taylor, Ole Miss
- No. 23 Drew Barker, Kentucky
- No. 24 Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama
- No. 25 Jermaine Eluemunor, Texas A&M
- No. 26 Cory Johnson, Kentucky
- No. 27 JoJo Robinson, Arkansas
- No. 28 Nate Brown, Mizzou
- No. 29 Abu Lamin, South Carolina
- No. 30 Trey Quinn, LSU
- No. 31 Xavier Dampeer, Auburn