CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Kievan Myers once weighed the same as two of his teammates combined. He arrived on campus at more than 400 pounds but started Spring ball 60 pounds lighter.
“I feel better, mentally and physically, just being able to move around better, and do what I can do in the weight room,” Myers said.
He signed with the Illini as a three star recruit, Rivals had him as a Top 100 prospect in the state of Texas. He redshirted last fall, and knows he has to slim down but cutting that weight hasn’t been easy.
“Having to eat different foods, and go on a diet, and like eat more healthier,” Myers said. “And like coming from Texas, there’s like alot of food choices down there, and it was different.”
No doubt this offseason has been a transformative one for Myers, not only for his body, but his mind. He missed the GPA requirement heading into summer training camp, and joined the team after training camp started.
“Academically, they’ve really been pushing me,” Myers said. “Last semester I had a 2.8, but hopefully this semester I’ll get a 3.2. I also wanted to learn the playbook more so I could get more reps in the spring.”
“Kievan is another young player with talent. Spring is important, he’s been doing everything he’s supposed to do up until this point, and these practices will help him alot,” Lovie Smith said.
By the fall, Meyers hopes to get down to 320, putting him at an ideal size to compete for a starting position.