Myers joining West Virginia
Jaylon Myers always felt like he could get to this point.
The former North Augusta High School football player has signed to play college ball with the West Virginia Mountaineers. The junior cornerback graduated from North Augusta in 2011 and has taken a path less traveled to get to this point.
“I started out at Georgia Military College and then I played my whole first year there,” the 2010 Aiken Standard Defensive Player of the Year said. “Then I got into a little incident and I had to leave. I sat out a whole year and then I got discouraged and I thought I wasn’t going to go back to school. Then I got a call from Hutchinson (Community College in Kansas) and I felt like it was a second chance.”
According to a report from 247sports Arizona, Cincinnati, Georgia, North Carolina State and Oklahoma State also extended scholarship offers to Myers.
“It wasn’t too far from home, but it wasn’t too close either,” Myers said about his decision to go to Morgantown. “At the same time, they made me feel like family when I went on my visit.”
Myers said he felt like he would also be a strong fit in the Big 12.
“It’s not like the SEC – in the SEC they tend to run the ball more than they pass,” he said. “In the Big 12, you can see passes on first through third down and you’ll probably see a run every two series or so.”
Myers’ coach at North Augusta, Dan Pippin, reflected on the defensive back’s ability at the high school level.
“He was real good, a real good athlete, a good kid and he had a good family,” Pippin said. “He works real hard, he was fun to coach. I remember when he and I had a chat, and then he went and dunked a ball down to his elbow. I just thought ‘Huh, this kid is pretty good.’”
Myers said when he was released from Georgia Military College that he and his father had a discussion. His dad told him that “things happen for a reason” and that they would “bounce back” together.
“I knew it was my last chance at Hutchinson, and if I didn’t make it there that there wouldn’t be a (another) chance,” he said. “It just stuck in my head and nothing was going to stop me from pursuing my dream – it was all or nothing.”
Pippin said that Myers will be “in a great position” at West Virginia.
“He is a big reason we are in the situation we are in now,” Pippin said. “And he was also a big reason we were in the situation we were in when he was here.”
The West Virginia faithful have already reached out to Myers, with a number of them already sending him letters of encouragement.
“They haven’t even met me yet and they are already telling me they can’t wait to meet me and see what I can do,” he said.
As far as what Myers would tell the current Yellow Jackets, he simply wants them to know they are lucky to be where they are.
I always tell people that I grew up in North Augusta. Yes, it’s not the best place, but it’s definitely not the worst place either,” he said. “It’s not one of the biggest cities and most people haven’t heard of it. You just have to make the best of it and keep working hard.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January after previously working at the Aiken Standard. He’s a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.