SEC’s top impact newcomers of 2014: No. 2 Myles Garrett, TAMU, DE

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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)
SIZE: 6-4/240
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 composite rankings for high school prospects.

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