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By JIM HOPKINS
Daniel Meyer fit right in among the state's best football players Friday night at North Central as he took his turn at middle linebacker and played special teams for the North squad.
The former Bellmont All-Stater, one of the top half-dozen football players ever to compete for Bellmont High, made four tackles and was involved in a lot of action. He also looked sharp in special teams.
"It was a great experience. Something I'll never forget," said Meyer afterwards. "I made some friends and had an experience I'll always remember."
Ironically, the Daniel's North squad practiced and stayed at the University of Indianapolis, where Daniel will be roaming for the next four years as he plays linebacker.
"I talked to my coaches some, and I got used to the facilities," said Meyer, who will be back in the same location in just a few weeks.
Daniel was bummed that the North lost the game, since the North had won the last two years when Bellmont was represented on the squad. However, the sides were about even. A couple of week throws by a North quarterback, which ended up as interceptions, was the real difference in the game. Neither side moved the ball all that well, and it was hard to get into a rhythm with the wholesale subbing. However, it was good that everyone who made the team played significant time in the contest.
Indianapolis is Division II football, a big jump from high school. Still, Meyer has a shot at earning playing time. "Not a great chance, but he has a chance to earn playing time as a freshman," stated dad Greg Meyer, the former co-head coach of Bellmont. "He can always play special teams."
Greg noted that Daniel's workouts have been intense this summer, and he's stronger than he has ever been. For a kid that was already a workout junkie, that's a good sign.
"The (Indy) coaches want him to come in at about 215, his current weight. They want him strong, but quick."
His new coaches will also appreciate Meyer's demeanor and attitude. When not playing, he was always watching the game and taking part in meetings Friday at North Central. When the defensive coach spoke, he was right in front of him.
Indianapolis is going to get more than a real good football player, and one that will cause them no grief. They are getting the real deal because he'll put himself into the fabric of their program.
And it doesn't hurt that he will lay a memorable lick on opposing ballcarriers and receivers.
Daniel is going to fit right in as a collegiate football player. I wish him the best and look forward to seeing him play.