UConn FB: Myers stays home

John F. Silver

Tommy Myers has always had UConn in his blood.

His father Norm, played at UConn in the 1980s under Tom Jackson and his mother Peggy was a senior on Geno Auriemma’s first women’s basketball team in Storrs and is currently a program aide.

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Myers, who lives  about 15 minutes away from UConn in Coventry,  was always a natural to play in Storrs. A rising tight end with tremendous athleticism, Myers is the New England Champion in the javelin and one of the top rebounders in basketball in the state and was destined to play college athletics. The Huskies always seemed like the logical choice, but he still had to be convinced it was the place for him.

So what sealed the deal for the 6-5, 240-pound prospect?

Jersey traffic.

Myers was offered by Temple in Philadelphia and had strong ties to that school too with his uncle and grandfather both former players there. He also was being recruited by Rutgers and on a visit there in the spring was impressed by the school and facilities.

Myers and his family got in the car on the way home and on I-95 N stopped to a crawl. After sitting in traffic for some time, Myers took off his headphones and asked his parents something that generations of kids have asked from the backseat.

“When are we getting home?,” Tommy asked.

Norm turned around and told his son he’s not moving. Norm then observed that traffic was a way of life in Jersey. Myers shook his head, put his headphones back on.

He was headed to Connecticut.

“I wanted to stay close to home, that was one thing, and the fact UConn is in your backyard, growing up watching them, and the facilities are amazing and the coaches are great and the offense they run is perfect for me,” Tommy Myers said. “Everything was right for me and pointed me in the right direction. I finally decided UConn.”

Myers is an intriguing prospect who was one of those small school finds at Coventry High. Coventry’s football program is in Class S and is only 10 years old. Myers is the first FBS player ever to come out of the program and had to work to do it. Coventry head coach Tony Bonito first alerted area coaches, including UConn assistant George DeLeone, to Myers after his sophomore year. At the time, Myers was 6-4, 205 pounds and the word Bonito got back was he had to put on weight.

Myers hit the gym and by the end of his junior year could bench press 300 pounds and put on 35 pounds of muscle. Now,  Myers is at 240 pounds and could put on more and has the perfect size and athleticism for a tight end. He considered running track at UConn –as a decathlete — and is among the top rebounders in the state of Connecticut in basketball. He projects as a low Division I or Division II player because of his size for hoops, but as a football player looks great as a tight end.

 

Myers caught 27 passes for 527 yards and seven touchdowns for the Patriors.

Myers is one of three tight ends in the class with New York City two-sport athlete Jordan Fuchs and Quin Thompson out of Pennsylvania.

The Huskies don’t have any experienced tight ends on the roster after losing John Delahunt and Ryan Griffin and with Neill Shortell quitting the team. Myers seems to physically have the initial edge over Fuchs and Thompson, who project as more of a pass catcher and blockers. Fuchs is listed at 220 pounds and Thompson is at 225. The Huskies need a blocker at tight end and Myers’ strength could give him the edge come fall camp.

Myers said he was told he could play as many as 40 snaps next season at tight end and it could be even more with the loss of a JUCO tight end because of academics.

The Coventry native may have been under the radar in high school, but he plans on becoming a mainstay at UConn in the future.




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