Published 1: 53 PM EDT May 14, 2020
Nate Meyer, the son of former Florida and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, is joining the Cincinnati football program as a walk-on wide receiver, Bearcats coach Luke Fickell told ESPN on Thursday.
Meyer, set to be a junior his fall, has been an outfielder on the school’s baseball team. The decision to play football is a way of following in his father’s footsteps: Urban Meyer played his college football at Cincinnati as a defensive back.
The similarities may not end there, with Urban Meyer telling ESPN that Nate is considering entering the football coaching business after college.
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“He loved football and became enamored with it in high school (Bishop Watterson in Columbus, Ohio), went to a very good program and had a very good experience,” Urban told ESPN. “As a young kid, he wasn’t really interested in football at all. My daughters were more into the football scene than he was, but then he really got enamored with it. He started training with the team, and that’s when he fell in love with the locker room, the people, the intensity, the weight training.”
Urban Meyer replaced Fickell, then the interim, at Ohio State following the 2011 season. Fickell stayed on as the Buckeyes’ defensive coordinator until December 2016, when he took the Cincinnati job, and it didn’t take long for him to reunite with a member of the Meyer family.