Miamisburg (Ohio) offensive tackle Josh Myers comes from a long line of high-achieving athletes. His dad, Brad, was a lineman at Kentucky; his mom played basketball at Dayton, and his brother, Zach, currently plays at UK.
So it might not have come as much of a surprise when Josh, a five-star Ohio State commit, followed the same path.
Myers was presented with his honorary jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl during a ceremony at his high school in front of family, friends, teammates, and coaches as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“It was an awesome ceremony,” Myers said. “All the people that were here were all the people that were pivotal in my journey to making it to this point. Getting to do that in front of them and share it with them was unbelievable and even emotional for me because all my teammates were there.
“It was just an unbelievable ceremony, and it’s hard to put into words how much it meant to me.”
Myers, whose great grandfather served in the military, is excited at the opportunity to perform in front of service members Jan. 7 in San Antonio.
“It means the world to me,” he said. “People in the Army put their lives on the line to serve their country, and it’s going to be unbelievable to be able to perform in front of so many of them.”
Though a little banged up –Myers has suffered knee and ankle injuries this season –the O-lineman is nearly 100 percent healthy and eager to finish out his high school career and measure his talent against the nation’s best.
Myers is ranked as the No. 1 player overall in Ohio, No. 10 player overall nationally and No. 3 offensive tackle by the 247Sports Composite.
“There is a lot of things to gain from (the game),” Myers said. “One of the biggest things, since at that point I’ll be done with my high school career, so I’ll be able to go full-go run blocking and pass blocking against the best D-line in the country.”
And after that? Myers heads to Columbus to start school at Ohio State.
“The day I get back I leave for Ohio State, so I think it will be a tremendous help to experience what it’s like to play against an entire D-line of players that can play at that level,” he said. “And that’s a huge help going in and what to expect at Ohio State.”
Speaking of the Buckeyes, Myers discussed making the choice between OSU –his home state school — and UK, where his dad played and brother plays.
“My whole family grew up UK fans,” he said. “But when I started getting recruited, they made it crystal-clear that they couldn’t care less if I played at UK or Ohio State or if I didn’t want to play. They it was up to me because I’d be the one who would have to get up every morning and go do it. They wanted me to do what I wanted to do and not just do it to follow their footsteps.”
Still, imagine a family decked out in blue and being forced to tell them you’re opting for the scarlet and gray. Awkward? Not so much, says Myers.
“When I told them I wanted to go to Ohio State, it was easy,” he said. “I think they already knew, because of all the visits I had taken and the general interest I had in it more than other schools.
“It was not a hard conversation. Honestly, I don’t think they care. They just want me to go where I want to go.”