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DE Myles Garrett has 'freakish athleticism'

9/6/2012
Defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin) is ranked No. 2 in the nation at his position. William Wilkerson/ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- There are guys working out at Muscle Beach on the Santa Monica Pier that might shy away from wearing a tank top around junior defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin).

Seriously, when he flexes ever so effortlessly it looks like two wheels of cheese have replaced his bicep muscles.

“I mean, you ask him to flex and muscles pop out everywhere,” said teammate and 2013 Texas running back commitment Kyle Hicks.

Hicks recalled being blown away by Garrett’s brute strength once when he tossed around a 315-pound power clean bar like it was the Sunday paper.

“He put 315 pounds on a plate and then, within a tenth of a second, he lifted it up fast,” Hicks said. “Usually when people put 315 they take about five minutes to get themselves mentally ready. He just put it on and, pow, it was over. He definitely makes people jealous.”

And college coaches drool. It’s only natural considering Garrett is 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, can bench 350 and vertically jump 37-inches in his size 18 shoe.

It’s because of physical attributes like those, to go along with his even-keel demeanor, which enables Martin coach Bob Wager to not bat an eyelash before saying he will be the most highly recruited player to ever come out of the program.

Mind you, Martin has signed 40 players in the last six years that currently spread across such rosters as Michigan, TCU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

“Freakish athleticism,” Wager said. “We’ve had the 6-3, 240. We’ve had the guy that wins the pro agility and is near the top in our offseason testing. But we haven’t had the 6-4, 240 that wins the pro agility and offseason testing until Myles.”

And this is all in reference to a player that started just four games last season because he broke a small bone in his leg while, of all things, lifting weights.

“He did it in the weight room right in the middle of the season,” Wager said. “Slipped on a power clean platform and is fully recovered.”

That injury, and lack of film, slowed Garrett’s recruitment a bit. There’s just no other reason to explain why someone that could end up being the top recruit in Texas in 2014 only reports offers from Arkansas, Minnesota and Texas.

Longhorns head coach Mack Brown presented that offer from the Longhorns to him after Garrett lived up to the hype at Texas’ first June mini-camp.

“Mack Brown sat me down in his office and offered me. It was crazy,” Garrett said. “I didn’t know what to think. He didn’t tell me what he was doing. I thought he was going to tell me they were going to look at me but he told me that I had an offer. I didn’t know what to say.

“It was exciting. I felt good about my abilities. I just want to show everybody that I am more that potential.”

He’s plenty more than potential. He’s as hard a worker as Martin has. Take one of the first practices of the season for example. The Warriors were practicing kickoff return and had lined Garrett up as a blocker.

Martin is in shorts and practice in the sweltering heat is about to wrap up, but there was Garrett rushing up field to take on a blocker. The poor undersized underclassmen went flying.

“Every play I give max effort because it can make the game,” he said.

Garrett’s hard work has transformed his body from a slender, average sized freshman to the hulk of a figure he is today.

“I work hard for it but it is mostly God given,” he said. “I was skinny coming in. I was long and skinny. My freshman year I was 5-11, 175.”

Now he’s a 6-foot-4, 235-pound highly-recruited prospect that would more than fit in on Muscle Beach.