Meyers Had A Great Time In South Bend

Jonathan Meyers wanted to maximize his time in South Bend for Notre Dame's junior day, so he flew in a day early with his father. The two took a cab ride to campus, kind of driving through nowhere as one of the nation's best linebackers described it, before getting a glimpse of the University and being "taken aback by it."

"The first thing we saw was Touchdown Jesus," the standout from Greenwich (Conn.) High said. Jonathan Meyers already holds scholarship offers from Florida and Maryland. "You don't know how big that thing is until you see it in person. The campus was beautiful.

"We walked around the campus and it was snowing a little bit. We took a look around and got our bearings. I really liked it. All the buildings are beautiful. It looks like what a campus should look like, and I bet it looks even better in the summer. I got to see the entire campus. It was small enough to see all of it. Everything is in walking distance, but big enough so there is a lot of students."

On Sunday's junior day, Meyers got a chance to meet with defensive coordinator Corwin Brown, inside linebackers coach Brian Polian and quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus, who recruits his area. He got the feeling he'd be getting an offer soon.

"I'm hoping for their offer soon, within the next couples weeks hopefully," Meyers said. His father Glenn played nose guard at Florida. "They are definitely in my top two. Just because I've been talking to Florida longer and have known the coaches there longer, they are my number one. Notre Dame has great facilities and the people and the quality of person at Notre Dame is great. It's really high on academics, and just the caliber of people there is really great."

Florida sees the 6-foot-1. 220-pound Meyers as a fullback, although they haven't ruled him out as a linebacker. The Irish coaches see Meyers lining up strictly on defense. As a junior, Meyers carried the ball 135 times for 1,140 yards and 23 touchdowns. He added 127 tackles and 10 sacks from his linebacker position, earning All-County and All-State honors. He was also the MVP of the state championship game.

"I talked to Corwin Brown, he's got that pro style coming from the Jets," Meyers said. "I think he is a really good coach with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of fire, and he has that great scheme.

"He kept telling me about how he liked the intensity I brought on my highlight tape.

"I see myself as more of an inside guy, I think on the outside I could even see myself coming off the edge," Meyers explained. "It's a little up in the air right now.

"I would've liked to have seen a little more Charlie Weis, but he was tied up with the pro day which is understandable. But I got to meet the rest of the staff and got my bearings a bit."

Meyers also got to catch up a bit with Irish center John Sullivan, who hails from the same home town. Sullivan's little brother Bobby is Meyers best friend back home.

"He was one of the players on the panel, and I spoke with him afterwards," Meyers said. "It was good to see him, and talk with him. Next time I'm out there, I want to spend some more time with him, get his feelings on it. get his insight on school, the campus and the coaches."

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. He is also a standout lacrosse player with an offer from John Hopkins, but plans to play just football in college.

What college that will be is the question. After Meyers first ever visit to Notre Dame, they are definitely still in the running.


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