HOOVER, Ala. — If you’re looking for one of the top NFL prospects to sit out his junior season in protest of the rule that require college football players to stay in school for three seasons, you can count Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett out of the running.
The talented pass rusher, who has more than proven his worth to NFL teams through two seasons in College Station, was asked if he has considered sitting out the 2016 season to protect what appears to be a future first-round selection during his question and answer session on Tuesday at SEC Media Days.
“I’ve heard it but I’m against it,” Garrett explained. “I want to be one of the best that’s ever come through A&M, and that would be betraying the people who I play with and the people who have come before me and worked their butt off to get the place where I could just sit out.”
Garrett is not the first talented SEC pass rusher to be faced with the decision to sit or play.
Former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said former All-American Jadeveon Clowney was advised by some to sit out his junior season with the Gamecocks in 2013.
Much like Garrett, Clowney chose to play and was rewarded in his decision by the Houston Texans as the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft in spite of an underwhelming performance in his junior season.
While Garrett may not be the star player to try sitting out a season, he entertained the idea that someone could see it as an advantageous decision.
“It could get to that point, but I hope it doesn’t,” Garrett said. “That’s hurting the game like that by saying it’s not worth my time and I’ll be a first-round pick anyway. You play because you love it, not just because you can make money from it.”
Garrett recorded 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in 13 games for the Aggies in 2015.