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Myers signs to play football for Wabash College

Shenandoah High School senior Josh Myers has signed a letter of intent to play football for Wabash College in Crawfordsville beginning this fall. Myers had an excellent four-year career on the gridiron for the Raiders and was among the area’s leading tacklers. He will appear in Friday’s Indiana Football Hall of Fame East/West Classic game at Anderson High School. Pictured from the left are SHS varsity football Head Coach Jordan McCaslin, Josh Myers, mother Lisa Myers, and father Jeff Myers.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

MIDDLETOWN - As many people know, economics is a study of choices and their impact, and Shenandoah High School senior Josh Myers has made a decision that he hopes will get him to where he wants to go in life.

Myers, a recent graduate of SHS, signed a letter of intent to play football for Wabash College in Crawfordsville starting this fall.

“I had been recruited by some Division III colleges and universities such as DePauw and Valparaiso,” Myers said, “and I also had an interest in going to Purdue because I know the football student manager there. But when Wabash expressed interest, I really listened.”

Myers elaborated a bit on Wabash’s recruitment of him.

“The coaches there (at Wabash) told me they really, really wanted me to come and play football there,” Myers explained, “and that I was their No. 1 recruitment target at linebacker. To know they really wanted me practically sealed the deal for me, and they’re a top-notch school academically.

Myers, an intelligent young man, talked a little about the academic side of things.

“I know I’m probably not going to play football professionally,” Myers stated, “so I have to focus on a career. At Purdue, their chemistry classes have 400 students in them and I come from a rather small school with a total of about 400 students. The classes are a lot smaller at Wabash and the professors are able to give you a lot more individual attention. I met a couple of them, and they are really nice and are interested in you as a person.”

Wabash is a liberal arts college, and many of its graduates go on to pursue a master or doctorate degree.

“I want to pursue a career in recreational therapy,” Myers said, “and my degree at Wabash will give me a solid foundation for that. I plan to major in psychology and minor in global medicine or global health. After I graduate from there, I plan to go to another school for two years, perhaps at Purdue, so I can have the career I want.”

Although academics take priority for Myers, and it will have to because of the high standards at Wabash, Myers is not forgetting his future on the gridiron for the Little Giants.

“I know I’ll have to work a bit on my speed and footwork a lot to play a lot in college,” Myers explained, “but the coaches there said if I report in good shape and do well in practice, I could see some playing time as a freshman. I really look at my freshman season as learning the system to where I can compete for a starting spot when I’m a sophomore.”

Myers is going to a college with a winning football tradition, and that is nothing new for him, as Shenandoah has had winning seasons every year for a decade. Wabash is in NCAA Division III and annually competes for its conference championship and a bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Myers will be joining New Castle’s Niah Williamson as freshmen football players at Wabash, and Williamson is not a new face for Myers.

“It’s funny, but Niah and I grew up together and were in elementary school in New Castle before I moved to the Shenandoah district,” Myers said. “We were friends then, we’re going to play on the same team (East) in the Indiana Football Hall of Fame game Friday, and he signed with Wabash just before I did. In fact, he and I are going to room together as freshmen at Wabash.”

Myers talked a little bit about Friday’s Hall of Fame football game.

“It’s a fun experience,” Myers said. “I get to play with some really cool guys who I competed against in high school. We’re all competitive, but get along really well. It’s a great way to end my high school football career. We’ve been practicing at Knightstown’s field this week. I’m just going to play middle linebacker, not on the O-line, in this game, which is more in line with the “mike” position on defense the Wabash coaches have in mind for me.”

Myers played junior varsity for the Raiders as a freshman in 2014, the last time Shenandoah won a football sectional championship, so he had no varsity stats that year.

Not many stats are kept for offensive linemen, so there are no numbers on that side of the ball for Myers during his high school career.

On defense as a sophomore in 2015, Myers got his feet wet in varsity competition with 43 tackles (10 solo) and two tackles for loss. Myers became a major player on defense for the Raiders his junior season of 2016 with 92 tackles (34 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, and a pass interception.

Myers really shined on defense as a senior in 2017 when he recorded 134 tackles (57 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, and tied for first in the area with three recoveries of opponents’ fumbles. Myers was named to the C-T All-Area Football Team.

Shenandoah finished as sectional runner-up to Lapel last fall. The Raiders had defeated the Bulldogs handily during the regular season.

“I would have liked to have won a sectional championship at least once,” Myers stated, “but we didn’t play well as a team that game. It just shows you that you have to be ready to play your best game every time out. All you can do about it afterward is learn from your mistakes and move on.”

Myers has his summer plans squared away.

“Niah, I, and some others took classes in high school through the New Castle careers program to prepare us to be EMTs,” Myers added. “I plan to take my certification test later this month. If I pass it, I’ll be able to work part-time as an EMT this summer. Otherwise, I’ll be working out six days a week to prepare for my freshman season at Wabash. I really feel blessed to have this opportunity and almost can’t wait to get over there.”