Urban Meyer’s son is joining Luke Fickell’s squad at Cincinnati with visions of following in his father’s footsteps.
After playing baseball for his first two years of college, Nate Meyer is joining the football team at Cincinnati as a walk-on, Fickell told Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel on Wednesday.
According to Thamel, the younger Meyer is making the switch from baseball to football with a plan to pursue a career in coaching just like his father, who also played football at Cincinnati after briefly playing minor league baseball.
“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 Thamel of a phone conversation with his son. “I thought, ‘Oh boy.’”
Fickell told Thamel that Nate Meyer, who played both football and baseball at Bishop Watterson High School and even participated as a wide receiver in Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp in 2016, has already started attending virtual meetings with the Bearcats’ receivers, though special teams will likely be his best chance to contribute as a walk-on.
Nate Meyer has known Fickell since his father became Ohio State’s head coach in November 2011, as Fickell – the interim head coach when Urban Meyer was hired – stayed on Urban Meyer’s staff for five years as a defensive coordinator before becoming Cincinnati’s head coach in 2017.