The most recognizable face in Texas A&M football has a chance to become one of college football’s biggest stars. But, unlike a recent Heisman Trophy winner who shot to superstardom in College Station, he doesn’t party, lives alone and recently deactivated his Twitter account.
Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett opened up about his off-field persona, from his love of dinosaurs and his preference to live a lowkey lifestyle, in a feature by ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg
“A different dude,” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said of Garrett.
Kansas coach David Beaty, an assistant coach for Texas A&M from 2012 to 2014 who recruited Garrett when he was in high school, compared the defensive end’s game changing abilities to said Heisman winner, quarterback Johnny Manziel.
“Johnny is a guy, I don’t know how you replicate that,” said Kansas coach David Beaty, an Aggies assistant from 2012 to ’14 who spent his final two seasons as recruiting coordinator. “As long as he was under center, I don’t care what the score was, how much time we had left, I felt like we were going to win. But defensively, [Garrett] has got to be the equivalent to it.”
Off the field, the two were complete opposites. Manziel’s made headlines for partying almost as many times as he was for his highlight plays at quarterback. But for Garrett, he prefers to spend his free time staying in.
“Drinking, smoking, going out — unnecessary to me,” Garrett said. “You have to know what you’re doing to help people and have an important stance in life. You can only do that by staying focused, and I can’t lose focus for a second. It’s just like in football, it’s a game of angles and seconds. As soon as you lose depth or that amount of time, you can lose that play, you can lose that game.”
Beaty said he knew at the time, that he couldn’t miss on recruiting Garrett out of Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, with how he was not only on the field but also he had the character to handle the spotlight well.
“When you have a guy who’s that good, you feel like there’s got to be something somewhere, where the world’s going to get to him a little bit,” Beaty said. “There aren’t a lot of stories as complete as his. He’s going to be a man of character from now until the end.”