Recruiting Interview: RB Javin Myers, Woodlawn High School (Baton Rouge)
by Jace LeJeune
When you look at all of the great running backs in Louisiana, you look at Clyde Edwards-Helaire from Catholic High School (Baton Rouge), Bruce Jordan-Swilling (Brother Martin), etc. There is also another running back in the Baton Rouge area who is very underrated and is overlooked by many in terms as one of the best running backs in the state and his name is Javin Myers from Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge who is originally from the state of Georgia. Myers isn’t the biggest guy at 5’10 190 pounds but like Helaire, he can break tackles and has a strong lower body. Myers looks like a smaller version of Marshawn Lynch (former running back with the Seattle Seahawks) because he runs so hard and never gives up on every run. If Myers played for Catholic High in Baton Rouge with Helaire, he will probably be just as highly ranked as Clyde Edwards-Helaire. That is how underrated Myers is. As of right now, Javin Myers has committed to the Warhawks of Louisiana Monroe but if he can have a great season and lead the Panthers to a run in the playoffs, a lot of colleges will offer him. Myers isn’t discussed with all the other big name running backs in the state but is probably just as good or better than the rest of the elite running backs in the state. Our very own Lee Brecheen believes that he is the second best running back in the Baton Rouge area behind Helaire and is also a top 5 running back in the state. “Javin Myers is without a doubt one of the best running backs in the state,” Brecheen said. “He is a tough running back that goes all out and runs harder than his build. Myers has great vision and is a major sleeper.” In today’s interview, big play running back Javin Myers talks about the upcoming season, the comparison with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, his thoughts on the division, what makes him motivated for Friday nights, and so much more in today’s recruiting interview!
LAFM: What is your name, age, and position?
Javin Myers, 17, RB
LAFM: What is your height and weight?
5’10, 190 lbs
LAFM: What is your max bench press, max squat, and vertical?
Max bench: 385 lbs., max squat: 485 lbs., vertical: 36
LAFM: What are your stats and accomplishments from last year?
1600 rushing yards, 20 TDS, All-State, All-District
LAFM: You have committed to ULM to play football as of right now. What is it about the Warhawks that attracts you?
I just love ULM and the coaching staff as a whole.
LAFM: You started off living at Georgia. How did you end up living here in Baton Rouge at Woodlawn High School?
I did live at Georgia and I started off at Laney High School in Augusta, Georgia and my dad had a job transfer to Baton Rouge so I moved when I was in 10th grade to Baton Rouge.
LAFM: You are compared to Clyde Edwards-Helaire as one of the best running backs in the Baton Rouge area. What are your thoughts on Clyde Edwards-Helaire?
We both have a lot of similarities and have pretty much the same playing style. The only difference is that we both play for two different schools and that he is a little heavier than me.
LAFM: Last year was the first year in 4-A after so many years in 5-A and the team did well in district finishing 2nd behind Plaquemine. What district do you believe is more competitive and why?
Both districts are very challenging to me because when you see teams like Plaquemine and Dutchtown, it makes the district strong.
LAFM: What does the team need to do to reach the next step and that is win a playoff game and improve on the 6-5 record?
To improve, we just need to not think so much and play the game of football that we know how.
LAFM: What are the strengths to your game?
My strengths are my one cut ability and being able to get up field to make people miss. Also, I feel like I can run through tackles. I feel like I am a complete running back.
LAFM: What are aspects of your game that you need to improve on?
I need to improve on being a vocal leader.
LAFM: You are the star offensive player coming back and every defense has their focus on you. Is there somebody that you think will have a huge season for the Panthers?
I think our QB Bryan Bryd will have a huge season for us.
LAFM: What college or NFL player do you model your game after and why?
Todd Gurley (former RB for Georgia Bulldogs, current RB for Los Angeles Rams) because he fought back through his injury and always gives his all.
LAFM: What is your favorite play as a running back?
My favorite play is the counter play.
LAFM: What motivates you to play every Friday night?
To be able to make my family and me proud for all the work that I put in
LAFM: What is something interesting about yourself that nobody else really knows about?
I love working with music.
LAFM: What are your individual goals for the season?
To graduate and be an All-American
LAFM: Who are some people in your life that you need to thank for putting you in the position that you are at today?
My dad, my coaches, and my mom
LAFM: Is there anybody in your family that has played high school, college, or even the NFL?
My brother George Myers Jr. plays college football for Benedict College.
LAFM: What makes you standout from any other running back in the state?
My humbleness makes me stand out most of all.
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