DADE CITY, Florida — As fans and media prognosticated in January, it’s the recruits who know best.
Many believed Nate Craig-Myers and Jayvaughn Myers would land at the same school, but the half-brothers out of Dade City, Florida were not so certain that was going to happen until the final days of the recruiting period in January. Craig-Myers, a blue-chip receiver, and his brother, a three-star cornerback prospect, texted from time to time but didn’t talk much about the recruiting process.
“At first we didn’t really talk that much about going to the same school, but when it came down to crunch time we both were like, yeah, we’d like to go to school (together),” Myers told SEC Country.
In the end, it was between North Carolina and Auburn for the two. North Carolina was gaining momentum in the final week before signing day in early February in the media, it seemed, but that wasn’t necessarily the case. The two made their decision to attend Auburn on Feb. 1, two days before signing day, and kept it quiet until their announcements. Tampa Catholic coach Mike Gregory had no idea his receiver was going to pick Auburn, and wondered why Craig-Myers’ backpack was so heavy when he picked it up before the commitment ceremony on signing day. He found out a few minutes later when Craig-Myers pulled out a hefty Aubie statue and committed to the Tigers on ESPNU.
Craig-Myers initially committed July 21, 2014 to Auburn as a rising junior but rescinded his verbal agreement May 6, 2015. “I was a younger guy when I committed,” Craig-Myers said. “I didn’t really give schools a chance and I just wanted to make sure that was the right fit.”
The 6-foot-2 receiver said he began warming back up to Auburn during Big Cat Weekend later that month.
In the end, why did he pick Auburn over North Carolina?
“Really just the consistency,” he said. “Auburn recruited me the hardest. Even when I backed off, they kept recruiting me, they asked my mom’s permission and that really showed me how great that program is. They really needed me, not just a guy that they wanted, a five-star they have, but they really needed me in the program.”
Craig-Myers’ thoughts were also a mess during his time of decommitting from Auburn. He was coming off a major injury to his fibula in the first quarter of the season opener in 2014 and it forced him to miss his entire junior season. It opened his eyes and his coach believes it troubled him for a time.
“I tell you what, I think it really tore him up a little bit,” Gregory said. “He committed so early in the process before he got injured his junior year and all that stuff. I really think the injury — and this is me speaking and not for him — I really think the injury made him reconsider a lot of things. And just having the attention he was getting anyway as a committed athlete, I think he realized he needed to kinda see some different things and see that Auburn really was the place for him.”
In the end, Auburn proved to be home for two brothers looking for a place to become stars.
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