Greg Meyer found his future. It lies beyond the Adirondack Mountains, near the St. Lawrence River.
St. Lawrence University will be the next football stop for the Riverhead High School senior. Meyer has committed to play for the Division III team. A visit to the campus in Canton, N.Y., in February convinced him.
“When I went to St. Lawrence, I knew that it was a fit for me,” he said. “That’s definitely where I want to end up. After I visited, it just felt like home to me.”
Meyer was an all-county running back/defensive back for the Blue Waves last season. He was named the team’s offensive most valuable player, and received a scholar-athlete award from the National Football Foundation. “I thought he had a great year his senior year,” Riverhead Coach Leif Shay said. “We’re excited for him.”
Shay said Meyer is physically prepared for the next level of football. When it comes to the greatest attribute that Meyer brings to St. Lawrence, Shay left no doubt about what that might be.
“It’s his toughness, no doubt about it,” Shay said. “I don’t even think the kid feels pain, to be honest with you.”
Meyer, who wants to major in engineering, is excited about this next chapter in his life.
“You know me, my heart’s definitely with football,” he said. “I love playing football. I just can’t wait to get back in the fold.”
“I’ve been playing football all my life, and I just don’t really want it to end yet, so I guess it’s a dream,” he continued. “I want my dream to keep going.”
Meyer will join a team that went 3-7 last season. The Saints envision using him as a defensive back, he said.
“It’s about 35, 40 minutes from Canada, so it’s a hike,” he said. “The only thing is it’s really cold up there. When I went up there it was like four degrees.”
Riverhead senior linebacker Malcolm Cater, who will play for Syracuse University next season, will get a preview of his new home. Cater has been selected to play in the Upstate/Downstate Football Classic, which will be played June 6 in the Carrier Dome, showcasing New York State’s top seniors. Cater, who was a co-winner of the Hansen Award, which goes to the top player in Suffolk County, will also play for the Long Island team that will take on New York City in the Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge at Hofstra University on June 22.