Meyers Has Allies Close to ND and Florida

Jonathan Meyers sees and hears about Notre Dame when he hangs out at buddy Bobby Sullivan's house. Sullivan's older brother is of course John Sullivan, the Irish's starting center. Meyers, a fullback/linebacker is one of the nation's top prep prospects, and the Greenwich (Conn.) High standout is getting a lot of attention from the country's top programs.

"It's a Notre Dame breeding ground over there," said Meyers, who holds an offer from Maryland. "Over there, I'm always hearing about Notre Dame and how great a place it is. It's a pretty big influence on me."

Another big influence on the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Jonathan Meyers is Florida. His father Glenn played nose guard for the Gators, and both parents graduated from the school. Meyers is real familiar with the Gainsville, Fla., campus, and he can also look around his own house and see Florida memorabilia scattered around.

"I've grown up going to Gators games and stuff like that," Meyers said. It's a great program. I went down their for their junior day and it's a great place, but Notre Dame sounds like a great place also."

Obviously, Florida and Notre Dame rank as Meyers top two schools. He also likes Oklahoma, Boston College, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Maryland and Michigan. Sooners head coach Bob Stoops sent a letter to Meyers saying he is one of their top recruits.

Some of those schools like Meyers as a fullback, but most of the schools see him lining up on their defense. This past season, Meyers racked up 127 tackles including 10 sacks. Playing fullback for the first time because of an injury, Meyers looked like a natural, carrying the ball 135 times for 1,140 yards (8.4 avg.) and 23 touchdowns, helping Greenwich win a state championship.

"I love both, it just depends on where I can help the team," Meyers said.

"I'm aggressive, and I'm always playing downfield," Meyers stated about his linebacker play. I love making the big hit. I play sideline to sideline. I played outside last year and that helped me be a better player from sideline to sideline. This season I moved inside, and that really helped me learn how to take on blocks, and it helped me with my technique on how to get around guys. Now I'm combining big hits, stopping the run and running sideline to sideline.

"This was my first year playing fullback, and I got the bulk of the carries. All the plays were inside, there was just one outside play. So basically, I was just putting my head down and running, occasionally breaking the big one."

Meyers hasn't been to any camps or combines, but reports a 40-yard dash time of 4.55, a 325-pound bench press and a squat of over 500 pounds. He has a 4.32 GPA because of advanced classes, on a 4.0 scale.

While Meyers is very familiar with Florida's campus, he has yet to step foot on Notre Dame's. Meyers was in good contact with former Irish assistant Peter Vaas. He is now getting to know Ron Powlus, who has taken over his recruitment. Meyers has also received a hand-written letter from head coach Charlie Weis, reading that he is looking forward to getting to know Meyers and his family.

"I plan on going their soon," he said. "Obviously I want to play at one of the country's best programs like Florida or Notre Dame. I also want fine academics, and that's why I'm giving Notre Dame so much consideration. They give you a lot of opportunities outside of college, and in the job market they have a lot of pull."

Meyers, who plans to only play football but is also a talented lacrosse player with a scholarship offer from John Hopkins, says he won't judge a school until he gets a chance to visit. If he listens to the Sullivan family or his own, he is getting a pretty good read on Notre Dame and Florida.


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