Arlington Martin senior defensive end Myles Garrett on Friday was named to the Parade All-America team, which will be in Sunday’s Star-Telegram.
He joins Argyle kicker/punter Cole Hedlund, who has committed to play at Arkansas, on the first team. DeSoto quarterback Desmond White, a TCU commitment, is on the honorable mention list.
“It’s always good to get an award,” Garrett said. “I really wasn’t expecting it and it’s great to be honored by my peers and people above me who watch my games and think highly of me.”
Garrett, a Texas A&M commitment, has already been honored as The Associated Press Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year and the Tom Landry Award winner as most valuable player in North Texas. He also played in the Under Armour All-America game.
Martin coach Bob Wager has stood alongside Garrett for all of these postseason awards as they’ve traveled the banquet circuit and Wager is proud of the person Garrett has become in the spotlight.
“He’s really grown immensely in the midst of being in the spotlight, and the spotlight is shone very brightly on that one,” Wager said. “Along with building the player, parents’ and coaches’ roles are to build the person, and I’m extremely proud of how polished he’s become. At the same time, he’s never forgotten where he came from.”
For White, the Parade honor is his first national award after a dynamic senior season at DeSoto.
“It’s a good feeling to know that all that hard work paid off and to finish my high school career on a good note with this,” White said.
Parade magazine is in its 50th year recognizing top football players across the country with All-America lists that have included Earl Campbell, Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen, Herschel Walker, Charles Woodson, Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston, among many others.
The All-America list recognizes 57 players. Thirteen are selected first team on both offense and defense, and another 31 players are honorable mention.
Special to the Star-Telegram/Steve Nurenberg
Myles Garrett, above, has handled his accolades well, Arlington Martin coach Bob Wager says.
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