ISU Hits St. Louis Area Hard Again

Parkway West (Mo.) standout Will Meyers spoke with Cyclone Nation about where he stands with his recruiting.

Meyers already has four offers on the table, and a couple of current Cyclone players are probably not surprised. Kyle and Korey Smith, who played at rival Kirkwood, faced off against Meyer's team last season and saw first hand what the high school senior brings to the field.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder led Parkway West to a 28-6 victory and broke a school record along the way, busting loose on an 83-yard touchdown run. Middle linebacker Kyle Smith got spread out on the play, while his twin brother Korey watched from the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Meyers and the Smith twins could soon be reunited at the next level, as Iowa State is one of four programs to have offered the Parkway West standout. Indiana, Kansas and Miami (Ohio) are the others.

"I've got four offers right now," said Meyers, who opens his senior season tonight against Lindbergh. "Vanderbilt has also called this week. I know that Illinois is interested. Nebraska and UCLA have sent me mail. Right now I'm not really looking at any other schools than the ones that have offered, just from the fact that I know they've made a commitment towards me. I'm not really going to seriously consider another school until I know I can go there."

The Cyclones are getting a very serious look from Meyers, who visited Ames on an unofficial visit in late-June with a couple of current teammates, including highly-touted tight end Will Paul. Meyers will return with his family for the ISU-Nebraska game on Sept. 28.

"Before the season started, I went up there on a visit and loved Mr. McCarney," Meyers said. "He was just so down to earth and treated you like an equal. Then I've been watching the games and they look awesome. The things that they have talked about, how they're turning around the program, came through on the field. They look very impressive right now."

"It was a beautiful campus with great people up there, I loved it. I just had a fun time. We are planning on going to the Iowa State-Nebraska game."

ISU will have some competition from the three other schools that have offered him scholarships. He had this to say about each of them:

Miami (Ohio)- "I love the recruiting coordinator in my area. I went down there for a visit and they were straight-forward with me. They want me to play linebacker, which is pretty cool. It seems like a good program. They beat North Carolina the other day."

Indiana- "Has probably recruited me the hardest of any school. They're around constantly, with letters or checking up on me, although they can call me now. The school and campus is beautiful. Coach (Gerry) DiNardo talks like he thinks he can turn it around."

Kansas- "I went there for a camp. The defensive back coach was awesome. I loved working with him. That was a good experience, too."

Meyers rushed for 595 yards on 109 carries, while catching nine passes for 93 yards with 10 total touchdowns.

Defensively, he recorded 89 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, six sacks, four fumble recoveries and four interceptions. Meyers returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns, including one that spanned a school-record 100 yards.

Although Meyers put up impressive numbers on both sides of the ball, he is most likely to end up on defense at the Division I level.

"It's more on defense, like at strong safety," he said. "Three of the schools are looking at me for safety and Miami (Ohio) is looking at me as a WILL linebacker, because the weak side is a little smaller but faster."

Meyers will continue to look at all four schools seriously and said he hopes to make a decision before the end of the year.

"I would like to get it done before Christmas," he said. "I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to make a decision before my season is over. I'm probably going to want to take a couple visits. Not necessarily all five, but just to the ones I'm sincerely interested in."

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