East Coast FB/LB Likes UCLA

One could make a case that Greenwich, Conn., product Jonathan Meyers is the top player in New England this year and would have the firepower in offers to back up that claim. Now at 21 total offers and expecting more soon, Meyers has gone from a certain, early decision for Florida to a player with a lot to think about...

Given that Jonathan Meyers has a 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame and has shown excellence on both sides of the football, the general opinion was that the Greenwich High School standout could end up with a future at either fullback or linebacker when he hits the collegiate ranks, however while that may be true in certain cases, it is clear now that the majority of programs around the country feel his talents would be best utilized on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage.

Meyers already holds written scholarships from 21 schools in Florida, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Colorado, Northwestern, Nebraska, Duke, Maryland, Purdue, Virginia, UCLA, Vanderbilt, California, Indiana, Iowa, Penn State, Illinois, Wisconsin and Syracuse, with more verbal offers expected to become written soon.

"It's been an exciting these past few weeks as most of the top programs in the country have been to my school and spent time visiting with me and discussing their programs and what they have to offer me," Meyers said. "I now hold over 20 offers on a national level and I feel I am getting close to finalizing my list of schools that I will visit over the summer and focus my time and attention on going forward to making a decision."

"Michigan offered recently and I have been speaking with Coach (Steve) Szabo who is the linebackers coach there for a while now," Meyers stated. "He came to my school and I was very impressed with the Michigan program in general. The coaching staff is very good and academically they're Top 20 School nationally. I spoke with the defensive coordinator (Ron English) on the phone and ultimately spoke with Head Coach (Lloyd) Carr for a while which was very exciting as he offered me and told me they really wanted me at Michigan."

"Michigan said they like me both on and off the field with my academics and leadership and see me as the perfect weak side linebacker in their system with my size, quickness and overall speed," Meyers added. "They had a linebacker go in the first round of the draft last month and they are definitely a top program which I am very seriously considering at this point."

"UCLA offered me as well and I have been speaking with their linebackers coach (Chuck) Bullough for a while," Meyers explained. "We had been texting back and forth for a while and had spoken on the phone, however he finally came into my school and met me last week. They don't typically recruit the East coast and he is their Midwest recruiter, but as linebacker coach he came out especially to meet with me which I felt really good about."

"Coach Bullough was an NFL linebacker and coach and he actually spent time coaching Brian Urlacher which I thought was pretty cool. He is a great guy and UCLA is definitely a great school and program. They play an NFL style defense and he also wants me at weak side linebacker in their scheme because he likes the way I play downfield while using my acceleration and toughness. It is nice to have a West coast option and I will be visiting them over the summer."

"Miami is another school that has been recruiting me pretty hard as of late and their coaches have been up to the school a few times," Meyers explained. Coach (Jeff) Stoutland and recently Coach (Mike) Barrow who played linebacker at Miami and in the NFL for 13 years and was an All-Pro came to see me and it was great meeting him. Obviously having a guy like that as your position coach is awesome as he has been there and done that in the league before. He said that many of the top pros still come down and workout at Miami all the time like Edgerrin James, Ray Lewis, Jonathan Vilma and many others. Their Head Coach (Randy Shannon) was also a linebacker, so it is a great environment not only for linebackers, but just in general."

"The coaches there feel I would fit into their scheme on defense really well and have the same size and speed as some of the great linebackers who have played there in the past and gone onto better things," Meyers said. "They offered me and wanted to make sure that they have a shot with all of my other offers, especially Florida."

Plenty of programs have been through the school lately to meet with Meyers and some have stopped by multiple times. Some of those programs have been Wisconsin, Virginia, Illinois, Colorado, Penn State, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Boston College, North Carolina State, Duke, Nebraska, Purdue, Northwestern, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Connecticut, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Harvard and Florida, who Meyers was quick to remind were the reigning National Champions. He expects a few more visitors by the end of May as well.

As a junior, 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.

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