Verbal View: Jaylon Myers

West Virginia received its seventh commitment for the 2014 class, when Hutchinson (Kan.) C.C. cornerback Jaylon Myers pledged to the Mountaineers. BlueGoldNews.com takes a look at what the Mountaineers are getting in the junior college defender.

What to Like: Jaylon Myers fits the bill in what the Mountaineers -- and really, most schools -- are looking for out of their cornerbacks. At 6-1 and 190 pounds, Myers is extremely physical. Known to perform well in man coverage, Myers uses his physicality to control his body against receivers.

"I'm a tall corner, and I can play in man coverage," Myers told BlueGoldNews.com. "But I can really move, too."

Myers' abilities in both of those play phases are apparent in the film room. He can get up nose-to-nose with receivers and jam them at the snap, and can disrupt routes quickly. However, he can also turn and run well, and shows good hip snap in reacting to upfield moves. He accelerates quickly, and shows good closing skills on both deep balls and on short routes in front of him.

Jaylon Myers
POS CB
HT 6-1
WT 190
SCH Hutchinson CC
LOC Hutchinson, Kan.
To complement those assets, Myers is also a special teams threat, and figures to get a chance in that role at West Virginia as well.

In addition to WVU, Myers also held offers from Arizona, Georgia, Florida and Cincinnati, among others.

What to be concerned with: While Myers is talented, and wanted by numerous schools, he's unproven. After playing high school football in South Carolina, he's been to junior college in both Georgia and Kansas. He'll need to adjust to the collegiate level and firmly plant himself in one location, but has all the tools to be a welcome addition to the Mountaineer program.

The move to Hutchinson figures to be a good one, however, as it will give him experience against some of the best junior college competition in the country. Myers' comments after committing indicate a desire to prove himself, and if he comes through in that area then the Mountaineers could be getting immediate help in the secondary next year.

Overall Analysis: While most Mountaineer fans may not have seen this commitment coming, they shouldn't underestimate its value. Myers is a talented defender with the ability to see immediate playing time -- on defense and on special teams. He also keeps the junior college pipeline to the Jayhawk Conference open, and that's a significant factor for West Virginia, which figures to continue to bring in at least 4-5 juco performers per year.


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