Charleston High’s Kameron Myers will be the smallest person on the Cramton Bowl field today in the 26th annual Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic.
At 5-foot-7, 165 pounds, he’s smaller than the kicker.
Heck, he’s almost smaller than Mississippi head coach Junior Graham.
“He and I look eye-to-eye to each other and he’s the only one on the team I can do that with,” said Graham. “You know I have a soft spot in my heart for small guys who play big and he plays big. If you judge that book by its cover, you are going to miss a really good story.”
The versatile Myers, selected as an athlete, has been one of THE stories this week in practice.
Ask the coaches who has stood out on offense, and Myers’ name will likely be the first one you hear.
“He has just been incredible to watch,” said Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell, Mississippi’s offensive coordinator. “He has just been better than everybody else. He makes play after play after play. He’s been huge.”
The players agree.
“No one has dominated practice like he has,” said South Panola offensive lineman Deon Mix. “Somebody needs to get on him.”
Nobody has, which has been Myers’ motivation all week, all season.
“I have a chip on my shoulder,” said Myers. “That’s why every time I line up and the ball comes to me, I’m trying to make a play. I have a lot to prove. A lot of scouts look at all these other people and they have D-I scholarships. I don’t have one single D-I scholarship. So I am just trying to show that I can play with the best guys in the state. I think my stats say I can play.”
Yes, they do.
Check out the numbers the versatile Myers put up while leading Charleston to the Class 3A state title game this season after helping the Tigers win it all as a junior.
He rushed for 1,358 yards. He has 605 yards receiving. He threw for 396 yards and six touchdowns. Scored 30 touchdowns.
And that’s just on offense. He also had 35 tackles, seven interceptions and 21/2 sacks.
“He’s special because of his work ethic,” said Charleston coach Tony Vance. “I’ve coached some good ones over the years like Johnny Brown, Allen Walker, Markeith and Anthony Summers and K.J. Wright, and I have never been around one who works harder than Kam. It was instilled in him early that he might not grow to be 6 feet, so he was just going to have to work harder than everyone else.”
That hard work hasn’t paid off quite yet for Myers. His only scholarship offers have come from junior colleges so far.
So unlike many of his teammates, Myers has not one, but two goals today.
“I really want to get a scholarship, but I really want to beat Alabama too,” said Myers.
If you have kept up with this all-star game, you know that hasn’t happened much. Alabama has won four straight in the series, 14 of the last 17 and holds a commanding 18-7 series lead.
“We have talked about that and tried to remind them every day,” said Graham. “We’re going to try to use that as motivation.”
Graham says the strength of this team is up front.
“If you have a good offensive line and a good defensive line, you have a chance to win,” he said.
But Graham says he is most pleased with his team’s attitude.
“You will laugh when I say this, but for an all-star team, this is the most humble team I have ever been around,” said Graham. “They came over to win and they have showed that by their desire to work. The desire is there and that’s where it’s got to start.”
And perhaps no one on the team has showed that desire this week more than the smallest player on the team, hungry for a win and hungry for a scholarship.
“I have a feeling that I will have some offers after the game,” said Myers. “Well, at least that’s what I’m hoping. I know it’s because of my size, but if someone comes to see me play, they’ll see that I play like I’m 6 feet.”