Myers Getting Close

Mike Myers plays for one of top high school football teams in South Carolina. The Goose Creek (S.C.) High defensive tackle is getting close to making his college decision.

"Recruiting is going pretty well," said Mike Myers. "A lot of colleges can't talk to us right now because they are still on their downtime. Whenever recruiting picks back up, I'm sure it will pick up as strong as it left off."

Myers has five scholarship offers.

"I have offers from East Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Morgan State, Youngstown State, and UNC-Charlotte," he said. "North Carolina and N.C. State are also recruiting me. UNC-Charlotte is recruiting me the hardest."

Two schools have separated themselves in Myers' mind.

"As of right now, UNC-Charlotte is my leader," Myers said. "Right behind them is East Carolina."

UNC-Charlotte: "It's a good program and it's a very good school academically. It's going to be a new program that will be starting up in 2013. I feel like it would be pretty nice to start fresh with a clean slate. I wouldn't have to work up to anyone else's level. I would have a chance to work hard and set the standard high for the people that come behind me."

East Carolina: "Their coaches and program have done a lot for those players who are in the pros or were in the pros. It's a good environment up there – nice surroundings. They have nice coaches and the players are down-to-earth. It's a nice place and they are good people."

The 6-foot-2, 276-pound defensive lineman has an idea of when he would like to make his decision.

"My birthday is in September, so I will probably make my decision between the beginning and end of that month," he said.

He already has a visit set up.

"I'm going up to East Carolina on September 1 for their first game," said Myers. "I'm going to try to get to a different college every other weekend, so I can get to know everyone a little more before I make my decision."

While he will make a college decision soon, Myers is mainly focused on his senior season at Goose Creek.

"I just want to be a leader for my team," he said "My goal for my team is to get everybody on the same page. We win together, we lose together, we work together, and we stay together. We have the talent and the players – we just have to put it all together and take it all the way. Individually, I want to average ten tackles and three sacks per game. I also want to get bigger, faster, stronger, and learn the game a little more."

Last season, Myers had 82 tackles, eight sacks, and a forced fumble. He bench presses 375 pounds, squats 475, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds. Goose Creek opens their season on August 24 against Ashley Ridge.

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