Former five-star prospect and No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett spent three seasons at Texas A&M wreaking havoc on the SEC as an All-American pass rusher prior to becoming a franchise defensive end for the Cleveland Brown. But it almost didn’t happen in College Station, Garrett admits.
The No. 2 player overall in the 2014 recruiting class per the 247Sports Composite, Garrett said this week it came down to the wire with Big Ten blueblood Ohio State prior to staying home and playing in-state for the Aggies.
“If I had gone to Ohio State, we would have had the best run of defensive ends of all time,” Garrett said Friday on FOX Sports Ohio. “We would have had Joey (Bosa)… me, Nick (Bosa) and Chase Young. It’d have been an insane run.”
At Texas A&M, Garrett was one of the SEC’s best players, registering 31 career sacks and 47 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Garrett signed a five-year, $125 million extension with Cleveland in July, making him one of the league’s highest-paid defenders. Heading into this season, Garrett had played in 37 career NFL games with 104 tackles and 30.5 sacks. Garrett had 13.5 sacks in 2018 and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. In 2019, he had 10 sacks in the first 10 games before he was suspended for the final six games for his part in a brawl against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Garrett lost an estimated $1.2 million in salary last season while serving his suspension for swinging a helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph. Garrett’s Browns play the Steelers on Sunday.
“We’ll see when we play,” Garrett said this week. “But their head coach [Mike Tomlin] said they’re past it. We’re past it as a team. We’re ready to go out there and play ball.”
The Browns (4-1) are off to their best record after five games since the mid-1990s and are focused on a key AFC North showdown at Pittsburgh.
“[We won’t] be worried about what they’re doing to frustrate or knock us off our game,” Garrett said. “But I think they’re going to play a clean, fair game, and we’re going to do the same.”