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Meyer’s son switches to football with eye toward coaching

11Urban Meyer’s son, Nate, is giving up his baseball scholarship at Cincinnati to join the Bearcats’ football program as a walk-on wide receiver, Yahoo Sports reported.

Why? Because he wants to follow his father and become a college football coach, and he’s seeking to prepare himself for that career path.

Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell confirmed the move to Yahoo’s Pete Thamel and said Meyer’s best chance to contribute is on special teams.

The 21-year-old Meyer, a rising junior, has taken part in Zoom meetings with other wide receivers. He told Yahoo that his time spent with his father’s Ohio State football team in the summer before he entered college eventually led him to think about following the path toward a coaching career.

“I fell in love with the whole environment and the people there,” Nate Meyer said. “I developed great relationships. After that, I had a fall season that didn’t have football. It hit me hard that I missed football.”

Urban Meyer, who also coached at Florida, Utah and Bowling Green, got his undergraduate degree at Cincinnati and played defensive back there. He said Nate called him after he went back to Cincinnati following a visit to Columbus and with the Buckeyes and said he changed his mind about his business major.

“‘Dad, I made a decision. I changed my major to psychology like you were and I want to be a football coach,'” Urban Meyer told Yahoo. “I thought, ‘Oh boy.'”

Nate Meyer said his dad, who coached his teams to three national championships, supports his career plan.

The younger Meyer was an all-district football player at Bishop Watterson High School in Dublin, Ohio, but chose to play college baseball. In 32 games with the Bearcats, he hit .162 with six hits and five RBIs.

–Field Level Media

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