Dickinson Trinity's Justin Meyer signs to play football at Jamestown
Halfway through his senior football season is when Dickinson Trinity's Justin Meyer thought playing college football would be a legitimate possibility.
Halfway through his senior football season is when Dickinson Trinity’s Justin Meyer thought playing college football would be a legitimate possibility.
Wednesday morning, flanked by coaches and teammates at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center, Meyer signed his National Letter of Intent to play middle linebacker for the University of Jamestown.
“Since about seventh or eighth grade, I’ve wanted to play college football,” he said. “If it’s something you really want, it’s easier to work for.
“There were a few times freshman year where I struggled, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to achieve that goal. Sophomore year I had a few struggles, but junior and senior year I started to pick it up a little bit more, and the dream started becoming a little bit more real.”
Titans head coach John Odermann had all of Trinity’s football players in grades 7-12 present for Meyer’s signing, hoping to give them a glimpse of what could become of their athletic and academic futures if they work hard enough.
“Justin probably didn’t get a lot of contact with colleges until his senior year,” Odermann said, “and football is one of those games where you might not know he’s a college player until his senior year. … It helps these kids understand that football might be a good conduit to get some college paid for. I wanted them to realize that it takes time to develop the skills, but if you put the time in and fall in love with the sport, you can have a future in it.”
Meyer said he visited with University of Minnesota-Crookston and really enjoyed the campus, but he committed to Jamestown while visiting there two weeks ago.
“Jamestown was closer to home, and they have a beautiful campus,” Meyer said. “The coaches seemed to be really excited about the upcoming season, and I liked my visit so much, I decided to pull the trigger that day.”
The Jimmies went 4-6 last season but finished the year on a two-game winning streak.
Meyer played at outside linebacker for the Titans but will move inside for Jamestown.
“It’s not going to be completely new,” he said. “A little, but not much.”
Odermann said Meyer is capable of making the transition with ease.
“He’s a good, tough kid who is a sure tackler,” Odermann said. “Justin’s a kid that did everything we asked him to do. He was a kid we moved around quite a bit, and as a coach, you’re looking for a kid that will put the team first, and that’s what he did. Not every high school kid is like that.
“If you’re a middle linebacker, you’re the quarterback of that defense. It’s important for Justin to continue what he’s been doing here, and I think he’ll be successful in college. We’ll be cheering for him the whole way.”