Going into his first high school camp of the summer, Mount Horeb-Barneveld quarterback Max Meylor walked away satisfied that he made a good first impression for Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst and his new staff.
“I thought I did really well,” Meylor told BadgerNation of his May 31 camp. “I threw the ball well. Coach Chryst and Coach Budmayr are very good coaches and they taught me up. Overall I think I did pretty good.”
“Good” was what the 6-2, 190-pound Meylor was hoping for as a starting point. Although Wisconsin has a commitment from Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro quarterback Kare Lyles, Meylor said the coaching staff is interested in adding a second quarterback in 2016 after true freshman Austin Kafentzis decided to transfer following spring ball.
Knowing all that, Meylor couldn’t help but put some added pressure on his shoulders.
“I knew I had to do good, had to get recognized by Coach Budmayr and Coach Chryst, and I’ve been watching the Badgers since I was four years old,” said Meylor. “I’ve always been a Wisconsin fan. Living only 20 minutes west of Madison makes it that much better. There’s a lot of pressure, but you still have to enjoy the moment and live it up because this is the only time I get recruited. It’s a little pressure but you’ve got to love it.”
Meylor completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 2,187 yards, 26 touchdowns and four touchdowns and rushed for 212 yards and six touchdowns his junior season. Working with Budmayr, Meylor got compliments for his arm strength and footwork.
“I talked to him after camp and he said we’ll stay in touch,” said Meylor, who added special teams coach Chris Haering watched him throw in May. “I believe he said he’s coming to a couple of my football games this fall. We’ll see how it pans out over the next several weeks if we get in contact again.”
Between now and signing day, Meylor says he needs to improve his knowledge of the game in order to have a chance at a coveted Wisconsin offer.
“At Mount Horeb we run a spread offense, so I’m have been working on my three-step, five-step drops and my footwork,” said Meylor. “I want to become more athletic, quicker, faster and just getting into the weight room to get stronger and put on some weight. I think I have the arm, but I just have to get more athletic.”