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The latest recruiting addition for Utah State is an athletic quarterback out of Texas who put up huge high school numbers and turned down opportunities at military academies to come to Logan.
The next Chuckie Keeton?
Sachse (Tex.) quarterback Kent Myers certainly has dreams of being that caliber of playmaker for the Aggies now that he's committed to the program. He let coach Matt Wells know Sunday that he wanted to come to Utah State.
"They like that I'm a dual-threat QB, and that I can pass the ball as well as run the ball," Myers said. "Their offense is a little bit like what I did in high school. We both run the spread, throw the ball a lot and run quarterback read option. If feel like it will show my full potential."
Myers is the latest in a line of prolific quarterback recruits to come to Utah State (Darell Garretson, you might recall, had some pretty good achievements in high school as well). As a senior, Myers threw for more than 3,500 yards and 42 touchdowns against only four interceptions. He also had 10 rushing touchdowns.
He chose to play for the Aggies over New Mexico, Air Force and Navy. TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Arizona State had all shown interest in his athletic talents as a wideout, where Myers played as a sophomore before moving under center as a junior. He's an all-around good athlete, which he's also showcased as a four-year varsity baseball player at shortstop and centerfield.
Scout.com rated Myers as a three-star wideout prospect, but he was much more interested in staying at quarterback. Utah State wanted him there as well, pairing Myers with Keeton for his visit two weekends back.
"Every snap, the ball is in your hands," he said. "Your team relies on you. I really like that a lot. Chuckie was telling me this is a great opportunity for me."
The biggest factor for Myers' family was academics and his overall maturity development. He said his mother "loved" the coaching staff's references to graduation rates and how he'd grow "as a person."
He also was into the atmosphere he felt in Logan.
"I thought all the players brought me in as family," he said. "I hit it off with them. Everybody who visited seemed excited to be there."
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Myers probably has a bit of weight to add to his frame in his first year at Utah State, but coaches have been impressed with his potential since meeting with him last spring in the midst of baseball playoffs.
A scout or two has told Myers he could be selected in the late rounds of this summer's Major League Baseball Draft, but he said he isn't planning on balking once he signs in February.
"I'm going to college either way," he said. "I'm commited to Utah State."
You can watch Myers' Hudl highlights by clicking here. A couple of those early runs may tell you what the fuss is all about.
Kyle Goonkgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon