Myers has an eye on the Huskies

Add another player to the growing list of visitors in what is turning out to be a big recruiting weekend for the Husky football program. Lynwood (Ca.) High School RB/DB Leilyon Myers recently got his written offer from Washington and spoke with about recruiting and a connection to the Husky program.

"Everything is going good for me," Myers said. "I just got done meeting with the Utah coaches who were here and that went well. Coach (Derrick) Odum was here and he met my parents. It went really well."

Myers is a natural running back, but is being recruited as an athlete because of his speed (4.5) and solid frame that could translate to any number of positions on the football field. For the season Myers rushed for 818 yards on 137 carries and had nine touchdowns on the ground. He also added nine receptions for 117 yards and another touchdown, returned one kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and had 48 tackles on defense.

"All of the schools for the most part are recruiting me as an athlete," Myers said, noting most are looking at him on the offensive side of the ball. "Washington wants me as an athlete, running back or wide receiver. Utah wants me as a running back or wide receiver. With their system the running backs and wide receivers are almost interchangeable.

"Colorado wants me as an athlete or running back and UCLA wants me as a back."

Those four schools are the only offers for Myers but that could change quickly as Oregon, California and Boise State have all been heating up the phone lines trying to talk to the playmaker from southern California.

Myers has an official visit set up with a teammate, Keith McGowen, to Boise State on December 16th, but before that he has another official visit to go on.

"I'm heading up to Seattle this weekend to visit Washington," Myers said. "Coach (Eric) Yarber and I have been talking a lot and he said they wanted to offer me, but that he didn't want to promise me and then have something fall through and it not happen, so I just waited. Last week, on Saturday, I got my written offer in the mail and I set up my visit with them for this weekend."

A former teammate of Myers', Darrion Jones, was a freshman linebacker this season for the Dawgs and Myers said while it isn't the only factor in deciding where he goes, it certainly doesn't hurt the Huskies' chances that a familiar face will be there to greet him.

"I haven't spoken to him in a while, but we're good friends," Myers said. "I know that he'll break it down to me straight about Washington. It's nice to know that if I choose to go there that I'll already know someone and that will make it that much easier.

"I just want to feel at home with wherever I choose to go. I want to fit in with the coaches and players. I want them to feel like a family. Because that will keep me from feeling as homesick as I might if I didn't feel like I had a family there."

Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham has also made the rounds with Myers, talking to the young man about his life on and off the field.

"I like coach Willingham a lot," Myers said. "I have a lot of respect for him. He's a good coach and has a good tradition. He knows what it takes to be successful on the field and in life. I like that a lot.

Myers wants to major in Kinesiology at the college he chooses to play ball at and wants to stay involved in sports one way or the other as he gets older.

"I want to go into sports therapy and be involved in sports for my profession. Whether it's in the league or as a sports therapist, I want to be involved in sorts. ," Myers said.

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