Whether he’s doing a one-handed 155-pound snatch overhead or blocking an opponent into the sidelines, Miamisburg (Ohio) offensive lineman Josh Myers is more than just a big body.
At 6-6, 306 pounds, the Ohio State commit has the size he needs to perform at the next level, but when you see him pulling as a guard for Miamisburg, what you see is an athlete, which is why he’s the No. 1 offensive lineman in the 2017 class in the 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.
“What separates him are his athletic skill sets, his mobility and his ability to move very fluidly on the field,” Miamisburg coach Steve Channell said. “We are a wing-T program. The linemen here do a lot of moving and pulling. When you see him on film, out running in space, you can see how athletic he is.”
Myers bench-presses 435 pounds and clean and jerks 355 pounds. The one-handed snatch is something he’s began doing as a freshman in his regular workouts. He regularly pancakes defenders and in a game last season against Fairmont (Kettering), he went all “Blindside” on an opponent:
“He got a penalty on that play, which I really disagreed with,” Channell said. “He’s a very competitive player, but he’s a very humble young man who is fully aware of sportsmanship. Between the lines, he’s going to be aggressive until the whistle sounds. When the decision was made to join us as a freshman, his competitive drive was evident from Day 1. If he’s ever on the ground, which isn’t that often, he’s the guy on top.”
Myers said the penalty bothered him because it was at a crucial point in the game, with the team at third down and short yardage.
“We were on the right hash and I was just kicking that guy out,” Myers said. “I was running my feet and I just tried to finish him,” Myers said. “I think he turned his head at the last second, but that was a big play.”
Expected to be a four-year starter, Myers follows in the footsteps of his father, Brad, who played for Miamisburg and Kentucky and his older brother Zach, who played at Miamisburg and will be a senior center next season at Kentucky. Another brother, Brett, played tight end and linebacker at Miamisburg and is a sophomore at Ohio State but is not playing football.
Growing up, because he was five years younger than Brad and three years younger than Brett, Josh got accustomed to being pushed around.
“Those two (Brad and Brett) helped athletically more than anyone will ever know,” Myers said. “We were never those kids who sat around and played video games. When we played tackle, I was always the guy getting tackled.”
He committed to the Buckeyes in January and said having another brother at Columbus made it easier for him to go against the family tradition of playing for Kentucky.
“It definitely didn’t hurt,” Myers said. “My family never pushed me to go to a certain school. They are not the ones that have to get up and work out at 6 a.m., so they always made it my decision. (Brett) will be there probably the whole time I’m at Ohio State if he goes to graduate school.”
Xenia (Ohio) football coach Bob Delong said Myers is the rare offensive lineman who can be a disruptive force in a game.
“He’s really athletic,” Delong said. “He plays like he’s 5-10 and 185 pounds, but he’s not. Last year, we had a pretty good defensive line and they moved pretty well. I remember thinking against big teams that our quickness helped us. I will never forget after that first series against Miamisburg, the players came back and said, ‘That big guy can move.’ If he latches onto you, you have to get on the ground, or he’ll take you 20 yards downfield.”
Freshman offensive linemen rarely start at Ohio State, but Channell said Myers has a chance to do so if he can adapt quickly to the Buckeyes’ offensive scheme. While he plays offensive guard (and in a pinch, on the defensive line) for Miamisburg, he’s expected to play at offensive tackle at the next level.
“He’ll be enrolling early in January,” Channell said. “I just think his technique, once he gets to Columbus will be the thing they focus on the most. How we run an offense and they run is what he’ll have to adapt to, especially the pass blocking and technical parts of the game. He has the size and strength now.”