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February 5, 2014

NSD: Myers no stranger to big-time football

Jaylon Myers, who signed his National Letter-of-Intent to become a member of the West Virginia University football program around 9 a.m. this morning understands what it takes to play football at the college level. The Hutchinson (Kans.) Junior College product need only look toward his former teammates to find advice about playing the game at the next level.

Myers played his high school ball at North Augusta High School in South Carolina, and he played on a Dan Pippin-coached team full of college talent. Matt Hazel was a teammate of Myers' and Hazel just finished up a successful career as a wide receiver at Coastal Carolina. He's expected to get some interest from the NFL. Demarcus Rouse was the running back on Myers' high school squad, and he's now a key contributor at Presbyterian College. The quarterback, Loranzo Hammonds, went on a scholarship to FIU, and Montez McGuire, who also went the junior college route, is expected to sign with Appalachian State as a wide receiver.

Myers also has the game in his blood. His cousin, C.J. Byrd, played at North Augusta before a successful career at the University of Georgia, and another cousin, Jakar Hamilton, played at nearby Strom Thurmond High School and is now a safety for the Dallas Cowboys.

Myers, best known for his ability to intercept the football, also knows about going head-to-head with the best competition. While at North Augusta he faced off with Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley and South Carolina wide receiver Shaq Roland, among others.

Myers had offers from plenty of major programs after being named a first-team Junior College All-American — Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma State, among them — but he said he chose WVU because it offered something different.

"It was in the mountains, and there weren't a lot of things I saw as negatives that could get in the way," he explained. "If it wasn't for the visit, I probably would have ended up at Oklahoma State or somewhere. But once I visited, I knew."

— Read a full feature on Myers in The Register-Herald's special recruiting section in Sunday's paper.

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