Pasco's Jayvaughn Myers joins brother in committing to Auburn
DADE CITY — The celebratory cake had already been placed on the table in front of him. But Jayvaughn Myers couldn’t quite fit the orange and blue Auburn cap over his hair to make his decision official.
From behind, a familiar face bent down to lend the Pasco standout help adjusting his velcro. His brother, Nate Craig-Myers, had his back.
Consider it the start of a dream family reunion.
A little more than two hours after Craig-Myers signed with the Tigers on Wednesday at Tampa Catholic, Myers followed suit, choosing Auburn over North Carolina.
“I think we’re going to be unstoppable on the field together,” said Myers, who is rated the 30th-best cornerback in the nation by 247Sports.
“It’s the best fit for us to go to Auburn.”
Still, even if there was no doubt about saying yes to teaming up with his brother for the first time since Craig-Myers transferred from Pasco to Tampa Catholic after their sophomore year, deciding where was admittedly difficult.
A few more visits and some bonding time with the staff, however, was all it took for Myers to be sold.
“It was pretty tough, because he was already comfortable with (going to Auburn), and I had to get comfortable with it myself,” Myers said. “It kind of grew on me after going there so many times and meeting their new (defensive backs) coach (Wes McGriff). He kind of sold me, because he’s the type of guy I need.”
Myers hopes to be the type of guy that Auburn needs, too.
For a program that has followed up a national title game appearance in 2013 with disappointing eight- and seven-win seasons, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Myers adds immediate depth to a secondary that struggled through much of last season.
“I think we can come in there as freshmen and be a big impact for the season,” Myers said.
In addition to Myers, teammates Jamal Mention and Jakiah Felder signed with Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and the New Mexico Military Institute, respectively.