CoachSpeak: Mangum on Myers

The state of Mississippi was flush with defensive line prospects for the signing class of 2012. The talent cycle has shifted to the offensive side of the ball in 2013 which in many ways helps a guy like Wayne County defensive end Gary Myers. With less prospects to compete against for offers, Myers may prove to be in prime position for some college offers in the near future.

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"Gary is 6-4, 220 and he's a long 6-4," said Wayne County head coach Todd Mangum. "He's played basketball, so he knows how to use that length.

"He played some tight end last year and I feel like that is going to help him on the defensive side of the ball.

"He knows what it's like to play offense, so he'll have an understanding of what they want to do."

Myers emerged as a two way standout in 2012 and drew the respect and admiration of rival coaches who always seem to mention Myers when they talk about Wayne County football.

Several college programs have made the drive to Waynesboro, Mississippi over the course of the last two weeks to learn more about the talented defensive end.

"Mississippi State has been through here and they seem to be pretty interested," said Mangum. "Ole Miss has of course passed through and Southern Miss too.

"All of the in state schools are showing him interest and some out of state schools are starting to get on him.

"Louisiana, Louisiana Tech and (Louisiana) Monroe have all been here and asked about him."

To date, defensive lineman in the state of Mississippi have found offers a little hard to come by for the signing class of 2013.

Myers will be on the summer camp circuit this summer in hopes of changing his recruiting fortunes.


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