Meyers a Done Deal?

Greenwich, Conn., two-way athlete Jonathan Meyers currently holds over 20 written scholarship offers and could be the best player in New England for the Class of 2008. Among the programs that have offered Meyers are the Sooners, however just about every team aiming for Meyers will be in a dogfight against Florida for his services.

Jonathan Meyers could line up on either side of the ball at the collegiate level, however most schools appear to be interested in the 6-foot-1, 220-pound athlete at either middle or weak side linebacker. Meyers picked up an Oklahoma offer roughly six weeks ago and while Oklahoma is not one of his current leaders, they are certainly a school he is seriously considering at this point.

"Coach (Brent) Venables has developed some great linebackers over the years down there at Oklahoma," Meyers said. "He says that they either see me playing in the middle or at weak side linebacker in their scheme and gave me some incite on how I would be used over the phone. One thing that is definitely great about Coach Venables is that when I am talking to him I know I'm talking to not only a recruiter, but a linebacker coach and a guy who spent time at the position as a player. Not every school can offer that at in their coaching staff. We talked about the technique and fundamentals I have learned so far at the position and explained what I should expect if I ultimately end up at Oklahoma."

"I haven't been able to speak to Coach (Bob) Stoops yet and don't know when I will be talking to him," Meyers explained. "I have met him twice now and we spoke before when I was at the National Football Foundation dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City this year. I like his coaching style a lot and also buy into his attitude and demeanor because they are all qualities I look for in a coach. From speaking with him in person he seems like a good guy and I look forward to talking to him again."

Meyer's father played for Florida in the 1980s and the Gators are thought to be in the lead for Meyers followed closely by Notre Dame who has not yet offered and may not given the commitments they have already received. It looks like at this point the Gators could eventually wrap this one up, however Meyers isn't your typical recruit and has been extremely methodical and has stayed pretty objective considering he was raised a Gator fan.

"Oklahoma has a great tradition of winning and has produced some excellent players over the years, but they've also had excellent players recently as well like Adrian Peterson and Rufus Alexander who were just drafted," Meyers stated. "Their history at the linebacker position is great and they're a program that doesn't really have many ups and downs, but is constantly in contention for a national championship. Academically Oklahoma is not up there with some of the schools I am looking at, however that does not mean I am not interested. Right now I would definitely put the Sooners in my top ten and am considering taking a visit there, as well as to many other schools this summer."

Meyers will take his visits over the summer and could make his decision prior to his senior season, however he has maintained throughout the recruiting process that he will not rush into anything and mentioned during the conversation that even if he has a particular school in mind right now that he favors his visits will either help to reinforce those feelings or give him new opportunities he was not aware of. Look for Meyers to continue to take his time during the process and then make a well-informed and thought out decision when he has his mind made up.

As a junior at Greenwich High School, he carried the ball 135 times for 1140 yards and 23 touchdowns. He added 127 tackles and 10 sacks from his linebacker position on his way to All-County and All-State honors. He was named MVP of the state championship game.

Meyers also earned All-American status as a junior at Greenwich High School for lacrosse, proving further that he is one of the better athletes not only in New England, but in the Northeast for that matter.

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