Recruiting Roundup: Oct. 30
E.J. Holland reports on recruiting headlines from the past week.
Garrett Picks Aggies
Calling Myles Garrett a monster land for Texas A&M would be an understatement.
The Arlington Martin defensive end is an absolute beast and one of the most feared players in the state. This season, Garrett has already recorded 23 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. His most dominant performance came against Weatherford, where he racked up an eye-popping 8.5 sacks.
Garrett made his decision on Friday during a small ceremony in Arlington Martin’s weight room in front of family and close friends.
"It feels great for it to finally be over," Garrett told Rivals.com after the announcement. "It's off my chest now and I'm happy with the decision I have made in my commitment to Texas A&M.
"I feel I have known where I was committing since I went there on my official visit (for the Alabama game). I felt the connection I had with the coaches and even though I wanted to visit other schools, I knew in my heart this was the place for me to go."
The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder also held offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, TCU and others.
Texas A&M Snags Top Player In 2015
Just a few days after landing Garrett, Texas A&M reeled in another top-flight Texas recruit in 2015 Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack.
ESPN lists Mack at the top player in the Lone Star State while Scout.com rates him as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation and a five-star prospect. The bottom line is Mack is a game-changer in the middle.
Two weeks ago, Mack announced a top four of LSU, Oregon, Notre Dame and Texas A&M. But he always had the Aggies at they very top of short list and pulled the trigger on Monday afternoon.
"I just feel at home when I go down there," Mack told Rivals.com. "I get along with the coaching staff really well. Also, playing in the SEC and still being close to home is perfect."
White Switches Commitment
2, 767 yards of total offense. 28 touchdowns. Seven games.
You want production, you’ve got it up top. Those are Desmon White’s numbers from this season so far. The DeSoto quarterback is one of the most electrifying and prolific offensive players in the state.
But at a generous 5-foot-8, 160-pounds, White was considered to small to play at the next level. North Texas, however, became the first school to offer White earlier this month. He rewarded the Mean Green with a verbal commitment hours later.
That’s a nice little story. But in a week or two, things can change drastically in recruiting. And after picking up an offer from TCU on Friday, White flipped his commitment on Tuesday.
“Just the competition of playing in the Big 12, and TCU has always been a school I wanted to attend,” White texted the Denton-Record Chronicle.
White is incredibly shifty and elusive and will more than likely end up as a slot receiver at TCU.
Baylor Lands Explosive 2015 Athlete
Texas A&M may be dominating the recruiting headlines, but Baylor is not only getting it done on the field but on the recruiting trail as well.
On Sunday night, the Bears picked up a verbal pledge from 2015 Troup dual-threat quarterback Blake Lynch. A four-star prospect, Lynch committed to Baylor over offers from Clemson, Mississippi State and Nebraska.
"It's just close to home and it's a good education and the offense they run really fits me well,” Lynch told Rivals.com. “I feel like I can make plays in it.”
It is unclear whether or not Lynch will have the opportunity to play quarterback in Waco. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was recruited as an athlete and may end up making the move to wide receiver.
Bishop Dunne Duo Visit Notre Dame
Notre Dame hosted two of the top defensive backs in the state in Bishop Dunne’s Nick Watkins and Payton Hendrix.
Both 2014 prospects made official visits to South Bend this weekend, and here is what they told Scout.com about their time on campus.
"My favorite part was the walk-through and just walking around campus before the game started," Hendrix said. "I've never seen so many people in one place before. The parking lot was crazy. I've never seen anything like that."
"Coach Kelly was mainly telling me how Notre Dame is a place I can go to be successful," Watkins said. "Coach Cooks was saying the same thing. He said he would take care of us. Going to Notre Dame is a life-changing decision that will set you up for the next 40 to 50 years of your life."
Watkins and Hendrix are both four-star recruits with over 20 offers apiece.
E.J. Holland is a special contributor to Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.