Myers: 'It was unexpected'

With nine days before national signing day, Wisconsin football is looking to shore up its offensive line. Extending an 'unexpected' scholarship offer to offensive tackle Levon Myers, one of the state's top linemen has some thinking to do.

MADISON - Three months after his college commitment, Franklin (Wis.) offensive lineman Levon Myers was prepared to spend the morning of February 1's national signing day faxing in his national letter of intent to the coaches at Northern Illinois and spend the rest of the day celebrating.

Myers is still planning on celebrating in nine days; he just doesn't know which coaching staff is going to get his commitment.

After accepting a call from Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema Sunday, Myers finds himself with a Wisconsin scholarship offer he has been striving for since the summer.

"It was unexpected, but I knew it was in the realm of possibilities," Myers said to Badger Nation. "I wasn't sure if it would actually happen. Coach Bielema said a scholarship opened up because Peter Konz went to the NFL and, I think, one of their guys medically won't be able to play. That's why they decided to offer me."

Although the Badgers have been short on scholarships since the beginning, Myers – 6-6, 260 pounds – says Wisconsin coaches have occasionally stopped by his school and invited to multiple home football games this season since he made his decision.

"It never was dead," said Myers, "but it definitely slowed down."

Myers has been on Wisconsin's radar since the senior camped at Wisconsin in June 2010. Working with former offensive line coach Bob Bostad, Myers, a long-time defensive lineman, says Bostad convinced him to try and play on the other side of the ball. The results spoke for themselves when he committed to Northern Illinois as an offensive lineman October 16, led his team to the second round of the playoffs this past season and got handfuls of recognitions in the process.

"That's where it all started," said Myers. "I guess I have that defensive mentality from playing the position growing up that it's translated to offense. It helped because not a lot of people expected us to be good this past season. Individually I reached all my goals. My main goal was to be all state, but I ended up getting a lot more accolades. I even ended up being an all-conference player at defensive line, as well."

With Bostad moving on, Myers has been in contact with graduate assistant coach Ben Strickland, who is from nearby Brookfield and played at Wisconsin under Bielema. He plans to meet all the coaches and players when he takes his official visit to UW this weekend.

"He's really been reaching out to me," said Myers of Strickland. "He knows that I know what they would offer me as far as going to school in Madison."

What makes the decision hard for Myers is he's already seen what the Huskies football program would offer him. Taking his official visit to DeKalb in the beginning of December and having been to a handful of NIU's home games, Myers had one thing with the NIU coaches that he doesn't currently have with UW's staff: a long-term connection.

"The relationship has been great," said Myers. "I get along real well with them and I know that they like me. I talk to the offensive line coach (Rod Carey) since Wisconsin offered. You could tell that his mood definitely changed talking to him."

Stuck in a decision between two winning programs with campuses less than two hours from his home, Myers expects that his decision won't come until the day he originally planned to celebrate.

"I have to make a really, really tough decision," Myers said. "The logical choice is to go to Madison. They are overall a better team and academically they are a better school, but I have built that relationship and have the emotional ties to NIU, which makes it difficult.

"I am really on the fence at this point. If you would have asked me 10 minutes ago, I would have said one thing and now after talking to Coach Carey, I might have said another thing. It's really tough. A lot of things are going to come into play into my decision."

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