ARLINGTON - The bell cow recruit. Any school wanting high traffic of college recruiters must have at least one athlete that several schools covet.
Not only is it good for the individual athlete, but several of his teammates benefit from all of the attention.
Arlington Martin has had a nice string of bell cows; Devonte Fields in 2012, Kyle Hicks this year and next in line is Myles Garrett, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound athletic marvel at defensive end.
Name a major college football program and it's stopped by to meet Garrett, who is expected to be one of the most heavily recruited DFW prospects of the 2014 class.
Garrett took a couple minutes Wednesday to talk about the early stages of his recruitment.
Who are some of the schools that have come by talking to you?
MG: Some really big schools. Alabama came by, Notre Dame came by. Texas, TCU, A&M - they all came up here to see us work out and see us show out because they heard our work ethic is the best.
Coach (Bob) Wager is always talking about the program's work ethic and several past players bring it up, too. Is that a point of pride for you?
MG: Yes, the main thing about us is our work ethic. If nothing else, we're not going to be called lazy. We're going to work as hard as we can every down and every time we're in the weight room.
What's it like getting all of this attention from recruiters?
MG: It's really new. It's just a feeling of everybody coming at me.
Some guys enjoy all of the attention and some don't. Where are you at?
MG: It doesn't bother me, it's just there.
What's been the most surprising or memorable moment of the process so far?
MG: When Nick Saban came up to me and shook my hand, told me I was a good player.
I know it's early but is there an early favorite? Top 5? Top 3?
MG: I don't have any favorites.
You don't have a dream school? Everybody has a dream school.
MG: Nah. Nope.
OK. With everything on your plate how do you balance it all, give up so much time to recruiters?
MG: It is a bother sometimes, but I still take it as a blessing, because it is. I'm going to keep on working, keep up with my studies and become a better player all of the time.
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760
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