By Ray Hamill — The Aggies got the player they wanted on Saturday, and Miles Meynell got the school he had hoped for all along.
That, however, doesn’t mean it was an easy choice for the Eureka standout, who signed his letter of intent to play football at UC Davis in front of a gathering of family, friends and teammates.
For Meynell, it came down to two schools, each of which was very interested in recruiting the Logger. He could either join former teammate and close friend Cruz Montana at Lewis & Clark, or take his talents to the Division-I level at UC Davis.
“It was a really hard decision,” Meynell said. “There was that once in a lifetime opportunity to play in college with my best friend. It was a really hard decision.”
In the end, the opportunity to attend Davis was too good an offer to turn down for the 4.57 GPA student athlete who intends on majoring in the medical science field.
“Ever since I was young I wanted to go to Davis,” he said. “It’s just a lifelong desire to go there.”
Davis clearly wanted Meynell too, showing a lot of interest during his junior year and extending an offer before his senior season.
The Eureka standout made an official visit in January, before making his final decision.
Meynell has certainly left his mark at Eureka High, playing a pivotal role on the 2017 and 2018 Loggers football teams that posted back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.
The 2018 Loggers reached the state semifinals and is a team that will go down as one of the greatest the school has ever fielded.
More than that, however, Meynell says what he’ll remember the most are the people who shared that incredible journey with him.
“Honestly, it’s the guys I’ll remember,” he said. “My teammates and my coaches, dudes I have so much love for. Twenty or 30 years from now I’ll run into one of them, and that’s what we’ll remember. The guys, for sure.”
Meynell appears most likely to play offensive line for the Aggies, although former head coach Jason White believes he has the talents and size to play either D-line or O-line.
“He’s really a versatile kid,” he said.
White brought Meynell up to the varsity team as a sophomore, not expecting him to have such an immediate impact.
But his talents and smarts quickly won Meynell the starting job, where he played alongside another future D-I college player, Isaak Gutietterez, who recently transferred to the University of New Mexico.
“He’s extremely intelligent,” White said of Meynell, who is also a standout basketball player. “You can see that in his GPA, it’s pretty outstanding. And he listens, and wants to learn. He wants to get better. He’s a technician of the game.
“He’s a basketball player and a lineman, and you don’t see that combination very often.”
Meynell is also a leader and has been inspirational for his teammates.
“When he talks to them, they’re going to listen,” White said. “And they’re going to do what he says.”
Meynell, who may red shirt next fall, is looking forward to the challenge and is excited about joining the Aggies.
“They’ve been competitive for sure,” he said. “They believe in the right things, they say the right things and they’re doing the right things. The coaches, they’re dudes that know the right way to do things.”
That, he says, is something he learned during his time with the Loggers.
“I’ve been taught the right way to do things,” he said. “To work hard when nobody’s looking, to be selfless, and to be a Logger, and toughness and sticking with it.”
In 2019 the Aggies were 5-7, including a 3-5 mark in the Big Sky Conference.