When Dade City (Fla.) Pasco four-star defensive back Jayvaughn Myers de-committed from Florida last month, he never expected to have a school like USC come calling from across the country.
But he recently got a second surprise from the Trojans when head coach Clay Helton personally extended a scholarship offer.
"I was surprised. I was pretty surprised,” Myers said. “I didn’t really expect USC to recruit me, so it was pretty shocking.”
“I spoke to [Helton[ on the phone probably two days in a row. Then they came to my school to visit me and stuff like that. Later, we had a home visit and they offered.”
With USC jumping in so late in the recruitment of the No. 183 prospect in the 2016 Scout 300, it has some ground to make up to potentially steal a Sunshine State commitment. But Myers was very grateful the Trojans have taken the time and resources to come to Florida to recruit him.
“It means a lot because it shows that they really want me and stuff like that. It means a lot to me,” he said. “I don’t even know that much about them yet, but so far, I really like the coaching staff.”
Myers now is keeping a keen eye on the moves the Trojans make in the next month going forward. He said he will be watching to see the coaches they bring in as the defensive coordinator and at his defensive backs position.
Since opening up his recruitment, Myers has been letting schools come and provide their pitch. He’s trying to take the process slowly and doesn’t have plans to announce his final commitment until National Signing Day in February.
“I’m just letting everything open up and seeing what everything is looking like.”
Scout found out earlier this week that the 6-foot-1, 190-pound corner has set up visits to Auburn and Ole Miss in January. Myers will take those visits alongside his half-brother Nate Craig-Myers, who just happens to be a 6-foot-3, 208-pound five-star receiver that is one of the top playmakers in the country.
USC has openly recruited Craig-Myers previously and would love to get both of the brothers as a package deal to bolster both sides of the ball. But don’t necessarily assume this is a package deal, Jayvaughn said.
“We would like to play together. But if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”
The brothers are each treating their recruitment separately, but have already planned two official visits together. Could the Trojans potentially get Myers and Craig-Myers to campus for an official visit? Jayvaughn says it is possible.
He has never been to Los Angeles and would love to take advantage of that opportunity.
“I’ll probably take a visit there,” Myers said. “It doesn’t really matter how far the schools are. [Location] is not going to make that big of a difference.”
Along with Auburn and Ole Miss, Florida State, South Carolina and Maryland are other schools that have been trying to talk Myers into taking an official visit. He said he’s looking at “playing time, academics, defensive scheme and the whole thing” as he’s comparing the programs and schools, but for now, Myers maintains he’s just “letting everybody recruit me again. That’s pretty much it.”