DADE CITY, Florida — Jayvaughn Myers misses baseball.
The Auburn-bound cornerback still thinks about snagging sharp hits to shortstop and tracking down fly balls in center field, even while he’s practically performing the same feats during a workout alongside his half-brother — Tigers receiver signee Nate Craig-Myers — with SEC Country at Pasco High in Dade City, Florida.
“I’ve always been a baseball player,” Myers said. “I never liked football like that. [Craig-Myers] pretty much forced me to play football. His work ethic made me want to compete with him to make me better and he showed me how to compete.”
Myers stopped playing baseball in 10th grade, but not for a lack of trying to play both sports. “I tried to do both at the same time but I couldn’t do it,” he said.
He played cornerback at Pasco County while his brother transferred south to Tampa Catholic, a 45-minute drive on Interstate 75.
“I can remember this day still,” Myers said. “Ninth grade. He’s playing his first high school game. I was like, dang, I want to be out there right now. Watching him play made me want to play even more.”
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect excelled at Pasco High, where he garnered 26 scholarship offers and was ranked a three-star prospect. The topic of joining his brother at the same college didn’t come up often until the two sat down — over text messages, mind you — several days before announcing their intentions to sign with Auburn in February.
Myers needs work and development, but he’s readying himself if needed this season as a true freshman.
“I don’t want to come in there rusty,” he said. “I want to come in there ready to go.”
He’ll play cornerback and nickel for the Tigers. There has been no talk of playing safety, he said.
He is scheduled to walk at Pasco High’s graduation ceremony June 4, but he plans to enroll and be on Auburn’s campus May 30.
“Ever since I signed I’ve been thinking about going there,” he said.
“They make you feel at home,” Myers continued. “It’s almost like home away from home. It’s comfortable. You don’t have to worry about anyone tricking your or anything like that. It’s a home atmosphere.”
SEC Country’s Auburn signees tour
- Quarterback Woody Barrett willing to be role player at Auburn
- Freshman Nate Craig-Myers expects to be Auburn’s top receiver in 2016
- Is the time now for Woody Barrett as Auburn’s quarterback?
- Woody Barrett shows off skills, states his case for Auburn’s quarterback job
- 1-on-1: Auburn’s Nate Craig-Myers vs. Jayvaughn Myers