JayVaughn Myers had a pretty strong first day of practice and played a little free safety on the day. He broke on a couple of passes that he ended up breaking up and looks like he fits with the group. He did get lined up in the slot a few times and drew the unenviable task of defending one of the quickest guys in the game.
“I was feeling great, it was great competition and competing with everyone,” JayVaughn said shortly after the first day of practice. I would say Sam Bruce was tough in the slot, he’s quick and can go either way on you.”
JayVaughn was previously committed to Florida but has walked away from that commitment and opened things up a bit. He now has plans to officially visit Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and North Carolina in January but no dates set for any of them.
The Gators he says will get an unofficial visit and defensive back coach Kirk Callahan remains on him about committing back to the Gators.
“I will probably come on an unofficial visit, not official,” he said of Florida. “They are just saying they want me back. Coach Cal wants me to be a Gator.”
According to JayVaughn it was the relationship with Callahan that strayed a little bit in the waning weeks of the season.
“I would probably say the relationship with the DB coach and the recruiting class (are what caused the de-commitment. “He’s trying again now.”
JayVaughn doesn’t have a favorite in group of schools he is considering.
“All of the other teams just started with me really, just freshly recruiting me,” he said. “None stand out.”
He knows what he is looking for in a program when he finally does decide.
“It is going to be about the relationships, how my mom feels about the school, how I feel about the school, the scheme they run, and where they want me,” he said.
On the other side of the ball on the same team at the Under Armour game week is JayVaughn’s brother Nate Craig-Myers. Nate happens to be the top receiver in the country on Scout and also was previously committed to a program, the Auburn Tigers.
Nate also had a good first day on the job in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
“It was pretty good,” he said. “I was trying to get used to the playbook, but I felt like we did a pretty good job.
He likes the competition on every play.
“This is the best of the best, with everyone you go against,” Nate said. “They are All-Americans so everyone you go against is going to make you compete.”
Nate has a highlight tape circulating from his senior season that is as impressive as any. Maybe it is because he is so highly rated, but the film hasn’t really caught fire yet. He was a little modest about it. You will also notice if you see it, the number of big time plays he made on defense.
“It went well,” he said. “It didn’t finish how we wanted. I felt like I did a lot of great things for my team. I felt like I left my mark at my high school.
“A few schools tease me about (playing some defense) telling me I have to stop catching interceptions or they will have to transition me. I had three pick 6’s.”
Nate has two official visits planned for January. He has visits planned for Auburn on the 15th and Ole Miss on the 29th.
With Auburn, the school he as preciously committed to, he wants to reacquaint himself with the school.
“I just want to get up there,” Nate said. “I haven’t been up there in a while. I just want to get the feel for everything again.”
Dameyune Craig is the assistant that Nate and his family know the best at Auburn and a big part of why they are high on his list.
“I just have a great relationship with Coach Craig and he tells me to come be the face of the program and I can turn it around.”
Ole Miss has the feel of a program that is new on the scene in terms of Nate’s recruitment, but it is actually more that they are stepping up their recruitment.
“Ole Miss… I just want to see how they can fit me in the system,” he said. “I want to sit down with the coaches and look at the depth chart. They have always been in the picture, just real quiet. They finally have been on me heavy after I showed interest in looking at Ole Miss.
I like what they do with Laquon Treadwell and Donte Moncrief. Donte had a successful career in college and now he is doing it in the NFL.
For Florida, they aren’t on the radar to get an official visit right now but Nate does intend to visit Gainesville again before it is all over.
“I will just try and find time in the schedule,” he said about an unofficial visit. “Florida tells me that I am a top priority guy and they need a big time receiver that they can take the top off of a defense.”
He did watch the offense this year and says he believes the issues will be solved with better quarterback play.
“I felt like they had a new coach and new staff,” he said of the struggling offense. “They are still working on the offense and have a few holes, but I feel like with the recruiting class they have coming in they will fill those holes.”
He knows this about Florida. He is something that the Gators don’t currently have on the roster.
“They don’t have anyone like me,” he said. “There are a lot of young guys, but they play a lot of young guys. If I go in there and compete I will be able to go in there and get in the rotation.”