Considering Pasco (Dade City, Fla.) senior cornerback Jayvaughn Myers is already committed to the University of Florida, you’d think he’d be doing some heavy recruiting to get his half-brother, fellow Under Armour All-America Game selection and one of the nation’s top uncommitted wide receiver recruits, Nate Craig-Myers, on the Gators.
“I want him to do his own thing,” Myers told USA TODAY High School Sports after receiving his game jersey as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“I don’t pressure him like everybody else. I feel like if I let him go on his own, whoever he picks, that’ll be the right choice for him.”
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But surely Florida could use Craig-Myers’ services, right? Myers paused before conceding, “Yeah, definitely.”
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Myers was sold on the Gators after “going up there, seeing the campus and how the coaches treated me.” Being a lifelong supporter of Florida football didn’t hurt, either. “I’m a huge fan,” he said.
And the Gators have Craig-Myers to thank for his half-brother’s development.
“When I was coming up, he was already on varsity and I was on JV, so I guarded him a lot,” said Myers, who has a pair of interceptions this season. “He was my practice dude. I had to go up against him so I could be on the varsity. Going against him, we pushed each other to go hard and battled each other. I think it helped me a lot, especially with my craft as a cornerback. I’m not going to see lot of receivers with that size and that speed.”
While they see each other every day — “We’re basically like full brothers,” says Myers — the two college-bound football recruits haven’t played together since sophomore year at Pasco. Craig-Myers transferred to nearby Tampa Catholic and subsequently sat his junior season with a broken fibula suffered in August 2014. That will all change when the two suit up for the same Under Armour squad in front of a home-state crowd in Orlando on Jan. 2.
“It’s pretty crazy,” said Myers. “It’s like a dream, almost.”
This isn’t the only time brothers have been honored by Under Armour — as Deerfield Beach (Fla.) senior wide receiver Cavin Ridley will play in this year’s showcase a year after brother Calvin Ridley appeared in 2014 — but it’s wild to have two siblings playing in the same game.
And who knows? Under Armour may not mark the last time Myers and his half-brother are teammates, since Craig-Myers is still weighing his offer from Florida against ones from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Ohio State.