It may have taken longer than D.J. Myers would have liked to sign with Limestone College, but for the Ridgeland-Hardeeville senior, the choice was made months ago.
"I made the decision when I went up there awhile ago," said the quarterback/defensive back who signed Friday in a ceremony at the Jasper County high school. "I fell in love with the atmosphere. I had to wait on my SAT score to get back."
Myers said he liked the Gaffney school because it was small with "not too many people." And it's close enough for family to see him play.
"It just felt like home," Myers said.
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"From the first time I met D.J. back in June of 2012, I can say D.J. has grown as a young man, a student, leader, and as a football player," Ridgeland-Hardeeville football coach Blake Raley said. "He has remained focused on his academics and employed leadership skills that our program needed."
Raley said Saints head coach Bobby James told him on a February visit with Myers that he was looking for competitors for his start-up program. Raley said he knew then it was the place for Myers.
As a quarterback, Myers completed 78 of his 166 passes last season for 1,214 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was intercepted 10 times but also rushed for 11 more touchdowns to help lead the Jaguars to the second round of the Class 2-A playoffs.
"(James) hasn't told me whether I'll be playing on the offensive or the defensive side of the ball," Myers said.
One thing Myers does know -- he plans to study physical education.
Raley said Myers' move to college could be as big for the teammates he left behind as it is for him.
"His presence within our program will continue as he serves as an example for our players while he is off at college," Raley said. "The teammates he made here at Ridgeland-Hardeeville should be inspired to create their own path to the next level."