Myers may leave Palomar this summer

One of the top JC backs in the state of California this past season was Palomar's Leilyon Myers (6-0, 230). He had a big season for the Comets and, while he expects to return this coming fall, he said there is a chance he could finish up this summer and if that happens he may be suiting up for a Pac 10 school.

"I've been talking with Arizona State for the past couple weeks," Myers told over the weekend. "They said they wanted to bring in a big high school back, but if I could finish up this spring or summer and come in with four years to play three, then they said they were really interested in bringing me in."

Myers prepped at Lynwood High School in Lynwood, Ca. and signed with Washington over offers from UCLA, Utah and Colorado. However, his plans to play ball with the Huskies went out the window when he didn't qualify.

"That was real tough," Myers admitted. "I was real depressed and basically, I did the 'Al Bundy' thing where I just sat around, watched TV and felt sorry for myself.

"I was working out and lifting with a friend of mine, but I didn't do any cardio, I was just lifting so I wasn't in good shape.

"Then my mom basically told me I needed to get off my butt and get to school and move on and start playing again."

There were two schools that were closer to where Myers lived, but he decided Palomar was the place for him.

"Compton College and El Camino are closer to my home, but I felt like I needed to get away from home and start learning how to be on my own," Myers said. "My girlfriend's dad played at Palomar so he suggested I give them a look and when I met with the coaches, I just felt at home so I decided to come here and I've been really happy here."

In high school, Myers was a speed back who also dabbled a little on defense.

"I was done playing defense," Myers said with a laugh. "I wanted to be a running back, but I was really out of shape so it was a long road back.

"I came here last spring and my knees were hurting and I was really feeling like I should just be done, but I worked through it and I felt great once the summer came around and I had a good year."

In his first year of college ball, Myers totaled 869 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns while catching eight passes for 126 more yards and another score.

For his efforts he received First Team All-Mission Conference honors, team MVP honors and was nominated as a JC Gridwire All-American.

"I felt like it was a good year," Myers said. "I had to change my style a little bit because I wasn't the speed back anymore.

"I can still run a 4.5 forty, but I'm more of a 'between-the-tackles' guy who will put his head down and make his yards inside.

"Don't get me wrong, I can run outside, but I like the contact inside and feel like I can really make tough yardage that way."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Arizona State's offer to come in this summer is appealing, but Myers might wait and see what else is out there.

"Coach (Eric) Yarber is a great coach and he recruited me to Washington when he was up there," Myers said. "I feel really comfortable with him and think I could feel real comfortable there, but I don't want to have to sit.

"I sat enough when I was waiting to go to college. So if I went there and didn't show up until right before fall camp started, then I might have to sit a year and I don't think I want to do that.

"I'd say there is a slight chance I could end up going there, but if not, then I will just play next fall at Palomar and see what other schools are looking at me."

Myers mentioned that Washington is still a consideration as well as the rest of the Pac 10, but he isn't limiting where he will end up.

"The Huskies are definitely a school I will look at again, but I'm open to going anywhere," Myers said. "I'd love to play Pac 10 ball and stay closer to home, but if the best opportunity for me is somewhere else I will look at heading there instead."

Should Myers stay at Palomar, he will graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to track his progress over the next few months and update things as they change.

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