Tom Meyers has always been the latest in a long line of greats, whether it’s in his family or at his position for Radnor.
It’s not easy following All-Delco wrestlers in his household, John and Bob, and it’s not going to be easy when he has to take over as Radnor’s faceoff man next year when he has to fill the shoes of 2012 All-American Mike Barnes and 2013 All-EPLCA pick Jake Shapiro.
There’s always pressure when you’re next in that type of lineage, but at the same time, the youngest Meyers, a 2015 FOGO, got invaluable advice from his brothers when he was looking to pick a school.
“They always told me to pick the school you like the most and not just choose it because of the sport,” said Meyers, who plays club for NXT’s 2015 team. “They both ended up not wrestling in college (John at Duke, Bob at Indiana), so I definitely took that into consideration.”
So he had a good idea of what to look for when he whittled his list down to UMass, Bryant, Binghamton and Towson, but he knew that UMass was the place for him when he arrived on campus and it ultimately led to him issuing a verbal commitment to joining the school’s class of 2019.
“When I went for the visit, I just loved the school,” Meyers said. “It has great academics and it just felt like home. It was just a combination of everything that made it right for me.”
It will probably be a little bit tough for Meyers to not wrestle anymore once he reaches college. After all, he’s already posted a superb 50-12 record in two seasons on the mat for the Raiders and qualified for districts as a freshman. It’s especially different to see a Meyers commit to a school for a sport other than wrestling, especially with the success that his brothers had.
However, the youngest of the clan had an idea from the get-go that he’d be taking faceoffs and not shooting for takedowns in college. Lacrosse recruiting is done earlier and earlier every year and Meyers hadn’t showed up on many colleges’ radar for wrestling, so it ended up being an easy decision.
“I just like lacrosse and I want to grow my game more,” Meyers said. “I just love the game of it and wanted to keep going.”
Meyers’ recruitment took off thanks to Radnor coach John Begier and got some assistance from NXT 2015 and Episcopal Academy coach Andy Hayes. The subdued Meyers added that a strong summer season definitely helped the process.
“We did pretty well,” Meyers said. “We played in a couple tournaments and won one and I’m pretty excited for the fall. Most of my recruitment went through Begier, but Hayes definitely helped me out, too.”
Meyers will be tasked with becoming the next dominant FOGO at Radnor after Barnes (Drexel) and Shapiro (Hobart) posted phenomenal numbers in back-to-back seasons, but he’s confident that there won’t be a dropoff at the X or as a team for Radnor. All the Raiders did this year was split for the Central League title and make it to the state tournament, plus they say goodbye to one of the most talented senior classes in the state.
“During practice, we worked every day together,” Meyers said of Barnes and Shapiro. “It was really beneficial for them to be there. There’s not really any pressure on me. I think I can be just as good as them. (Radnor) is going to be young, but we can do well. We can win another Central League title.”
Meyers is one of 13 Delco 2015 verbals and is the first Radnor 2015 to commit. The entire list of Delco commitments can be found here.
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