Skyler Meyers sat between his parents in the Blue Springs South High School gymnasium, grabbed a pen and signed a letter to attend the University of Wisconsin.
When he was through, he took a deep breath and looked at the packed bleachers of Jaguar students who were there to support him and the other six signees on National Signing Day.
“Man, this is just so crazy, so unbelievable,” said the Suburban Big Six Defensive Player of the Year and all-state linebacker. “I signed the letter but it still doesn’t feel real. I knew we were signing, and I am so thankful my mom and dad were here, but I thought there’d be the guys signing and about three other people.
“I had nothing prepared – as you could tell from my speech. But it is so important for me to thank everyone who made this possible – my parents, my brothers on my football team, our coaches, especially Coach (Jon) Oyler – and everyone who helped turn this skinny kid into a man.”
While he dominated on the prep scene, Meyers know the challenge at Wisconsin could be daunting.
“I’m going to be looking about our locker room at Wisconsin and going, ‘all-state, All-American, all-everything’ – there are going to be some athletes on that team, and I still can’t believe I’m going to be one of them.
“It’s the biggest challenge I’ll ever face in football and I’m ready. They sent me their playbook, a workout routine – everything I need. I am so ready – and I know it’s a big challenge, but it doesn’t scare me, it just gets me excited.”
Three other football players signed. All-state cornerback Trey Vaval, Defensive MVP at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Arlington, Texas, last week, signed with NCAA Division II Missouri Western. Offensive lineman Tristan Roper signed with FCS Northern Iowa, and lineman Chase Terry signed with Division II Truman State.
All-state diver Micah Currie signed with Division I Northern Michigan, all-state soccer player Brett Vaughn signed with Cedarville (Ohio) University and John Brady signed to play baseball at Metropolitan Community College.
“It’s a big day for all the guys who signed today,” said Oyler, who has stepped down as the football head coach at South after last fall’s season. “I’m happy for all of them. As far as our football guys go, I’m happy they all found schools who fit who they are. It’s a great fit on the field and in the classroom.”