Northeast LB Prospect Has A Blue Devil Offer

New England certainly isn't a football hotbed and Greenwich, Conn., native Jonathan Meyers says that is one of the things that he is finding out so far in recruiting. Things just seem to break a little later when you're from North of New York, but that isn't stopping Meyers from collecting more big offers from programs around the nation.

Greenwich High School standout Jonathan Meyers picked up two more offers this week from schools thousands of miles from his home. Recently the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker/fullback has been inundated with mail and information from new suitors and while he already has nine offers, that number could easily double over the month of May.

"I just received two offers from top Big 12 schools," Meyers stated. "The first was from Coach Brent Venables at Oklahoma who is their linebackers coach. I spoke to him and we had a great conversation. He really liked my physical style of play and I think that both he and Head Coach Bob Stoops are great guys and great coaches as well. Coach Venables will be visiting me at my school in the next two weeks to tell me more about Oklahoma and give me the offer in writing. They already have some top commits for the Class of 2008 and are also looking to add some of the top linebackers in the country.

"The second offer came from Coach Brian Cabral at Colorado who is their linebackers coach," Meyers said. "I spoke with Coach Cabral and he told me he really liked my tape before handing me over to their defensive coordinator, Coach Ron Collins. He officially offered me and informed me they'd be coming to my school to meet me and watch practice on May 11th. There are a lot of kids from Greenwich who go to school at Colorado and love it, so I'm interested in learning more about them.

Meyers already holds offers from Florida, Northwestern, Nebraska, Duke, Maryland, Purdue, Oklahoma, Colorado and Virginia and had seemed to narrow the field down to the Gators and potentially Notre Dame if the Irish coaching staff were to extend an offer, but as Lee Corso says, not so fast my friend.

"I'm also being recruited heavily by a new group of schools who have just seen my film," Meyers explained. "It seems to me that being from Connecticut or just New England in general there is more of a lag in getting noticed on a national basis in recruiting. A bunch of schools have seen my film and expressed heavy interest at this point and will be visiting during the May Evaluation Period. These schools have said that if the visits go well, they would expect to be offering me. They include Michigan, UCLA, Miami, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Iowa, Cal, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Georgia Tech.

"If these programs were to offer and add on to what I already have, I feel like I'll basically be getting offers from the top schools in the nation. I'm going to visit many of those schools over the summer to get to know them better as well as meeting both the coaching staffs and players. Based on how that process goes I would expect to narrow my list over the summer and get my top five for official visits ready for the season. I would like to make a decision as soon as possible, but have come to understand the importance of this process. I'm not just making a four year decision, but a 40 year decision as where you go to school and play football not only just effects the rest of your life professionally, but personally as well with all the people you meet."

As a junior, he carried the ball 135 times for 1140 yards and 23 touchdowns. He added 127 tackles and 10 sacks from his linebacker position on his way to All-County and All-State honors. He was named MVP of the state championship game.


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