Pack Evaluating Meyers

NC State is evaluating Lithonia (GA) Arabia Mountain QB Jakobi Meyers and will visit him in January.


Jakobi Meyers has been all set for a few months now. The quarterback from Georgia committed to MAC school Kent State in July and he was prepared to sign with the Golden Flashes a month from now.

Things still might play out just as expected. Meyers is still committed to Kent State and he likes how he would fit into that offense. However, the decommitment of Austin King put NC State back on the market for a quarterback and they’re taking a close look at Meyers. He confirmed that Wolfpack offensive coordinator Matt Canada reached out to him recently.

“I wasn’t ready for (the news that NC State was to start recruiting him),” he said this week. “It was just something that started sometime recent. One of my coaches is Jatavius Sanders and he played there. He hasn’t told me too much about it but I can tell he really loves that school.”

Sanders can probably relate to where Meyers is coming from. He graduated from Stone Mountain H.S. in Georgia in 1999 and signed a letter of intent to play for NC State. Sanders was a high profile recruit in his own right although that was just around the time the internet made recruiting a part of college football shop talk and more commonly accessible.

“They’re coming down to see me when the dead period’s over and that’s pretty much it for now. We’ll talk in person and see where that goes. I talked to them on the phone once and they told me they’re coming down. That was Coach Canada. I’m not even sure how they found out about me but he said he loves my film. That was the main point. He wants to see me in person.”

Meyers is preparing himself for the possibility that dominos could fall quickly. He does not have a lengthy relationship with Canada or anybody else at NC State. He might not have the luxury of taking a more familiar path. NC State’s coaches may just have a couple of weeks to get to know Meyer and explain why they think he should change his mind and that’s only if they offer.

“They don’t want to play games with me. If they need me they’re going to offer me. They don’t want to string me along.”

Even though Kent State is still where he plans to be Meyers has been thinking about NC State since he learned of their interest. He watched the bowl game and found it easy to envision himself doing many of the same things Jacoby Brissett was doing.

“If they offered they would definitely be up there. It’s a good school from what I know and after watching them play I think it would be a good offer. That quarterback they have is really good. He kind of reminded me of myself even though I’m just in high school. Pretty much they’re a balanced offense and they believe in running backs running the ball, quarterbacks throwing the ball and receivers catching the ball. They want everybody doing their job. They don’t want to take a quarterback and have him run it twenty times.”

Meyers isn’t afraid to run it. In fact his ability to make plays on the ground is one reason Kent State wanted his commitment and one reason NC State is looking at him late. He did say that the message of throwing first appealed to him because he doesn’t think of himself as an athlete playing quarterback. He’s a quarterback that happens to be athletic.

“I’m a thrower but I have the ability to run. I’m not looking to run. I always have my eyes downfield. Everybody tells me the best thing about me is my arm. It’s probably one of the strongest arms they’ve seen.”

There are two major things to watch in the weeks ahead. Will NC State offer? What about that official visit to Kent State? Meyers has not taken his official visit to Kent State yet and with NC State’s late focus it would be a surprise if Kent State does not try to get him on campus quickly.

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