The Midwest is going to be a focus again this recruiting cycle for the Huskers. The pandemic might have pushed the program in that direction. It doesn’t seem like Coach Scott Frost and his staff are eager to go away from building relationships with the talent in the 500-mile radius. One of the team’s top linebacker targets for the 2022 class is Kansas native Gavin Meyers.
— Gavin Meyers ༒ (@Gavinmeyers40) September 26, 2020
Meyers’ Hays High School team ended up going 5-3 this season. They lost in the playoffs but hope to return strong next season. The defender had a strong season though. He tallied 87 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and four sacks in eight games. He also chipped in a coule pass deflections and interceptions.
He thinks that from his sophomore to junior season he made a big jump in reading gaps, blitzing and pursuing the ball. Meyers also thinks he hit harder and has an idea why.
“I put on size,” Meyers said. “My sophomore year I was about 200 pounds. Then this year I played at around 220. That’s some good weight and I was definitely hitting the weight room. I got my legs stronger and more powerful so it was even better.”
Meyers said he is talking to Nebraska pretty much every day. He loves how the coaches always shoot him a text and he will call them every now and then. The team is always keeping up with him, which he enjoys a lot. Meyers is definitely feeling the love from Nebraska these days. Ryan Held, Erik Chinander and Barrett Ruud talk to him the most. He’s had a good impression of Ruud who would be his future position coach.
“He’s an awesome guy,” Meyers said. “He’s fun. He’s cool to talk to. I really enjoy phone calls with him later in the day. He’s just an upbeat guy and I really enjoy that.”
Unfortunately for Meyersm he has never been to any of the schools that have offered him. Through this extended dead period, he has found a way to narrow down the schools that are recruiting him.
“The ones that keep in touch with me on a daily basis, pretty much,” Meyers said. “I mean, you can tell what schools are really interested in you. Plus you can tell which ones aren’t. There’s a difference in the contact. It’s very noticeable so that’s how I pick and choose between my schools.”
Nebraska and the home state Kansas State Wildcats are pursuing Meyers the hardest right now. As he looks into those two schools and others, he knows exactly what he wants his future home to have.
“The environment and culture have to be good,” Meyers said. “A great coaching staff. They’re fun to be around. They’re really good coaches and know what they’re doing. They’re in a program that’s ready to build and succeed in the future.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.