Bellmont's Meyer commits to Indianapolis
MEYER SIGNSâ€”Bellmont's Daniel Meyer (lower right) signs his letter of intent to play football for the University of Indianapolis with his father, Greg (top right), BHS coach Rick Burkhalter (lower left) and BHS A.D. Dale Manis looking on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
Daniel Meyer signed his letter of intent Friday, committing to play football for the University of Indianapolis, a Division II NCAA school. The all-time rushing leader at Bellmont High School with over 3,500 career yards, Meyer will play middle linebacker for the Greyhounds of coach Robert Bartolomeo. "When I went down there for my visit I had lunch with a bunch of their players and they seemed like a group of guys that I would want to play with on the field and hang around with off the field," said Meyer, who plans to major in education. "The coach was very enthusiastic and seemed like a good guy, and he really wants me to succeed. And my position coach feels I could start pretty early if I get into the weight room and get my head into it," said Meyer, the son of Greg and Yong Mi of Decatur. Indianapolis went 6-5 last year, the second year for Coach Bartolomeo. "The middle linebackers run everything and made all the calls, so there's a lot of on-the-field thinking," added Meyer. There are two senior linebackers ahead of Meyer next year, so there is a possibility of a red-shirt season. Greg Meyer, who coached his son at Bellmont, feels that Indianapolis and Division II is a good fit. "To me, I think he is right place. He's maybe not the star Dwenger kid looking at Division I. That would be nice, but I think it will be good for him to be down there on that team. They are looking for good things from him and that means he'll need to step up do what he's done here for four years. Got to go to the next level and prove himself all over again," said Coach Meyer. An added attraction for Meyer was the construction plans at Indianapolis. "It's still in the works, but they're going to build a dome practice field because they are housing the NFC team next year when Indianapolis hosts the Super Bowl. And the locker room will be exactly the same size as the one the Philadelphia Eagles have, so it should be pretty nice," explained Daniel. Current Bellmont head coach Rick Burkhalter feels that Indianapolis did all right. "Daniel is one of the best football players Bellmont has ever had, and he's an all-around student and great player. That's why Daniel is going because what he did in the class room. They are gaining one heckuva player and Bellmont is losing one heckuva player," offered Burkhalter. "Daniel came in as a freshman, did his role and each year enhanced his game, and he knew what we were doing like it was the back of his hand. He understands the game and that's why he'll get it done," predicted the coach.
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