In less than a week, Belleville West senior shortstop Aaron Meyer upgraded his baseball scholarship opportunities and Thursday signed with Division I Missouri State.
Meyer originally signed with John A. Logan Junior College, but Missouri State had a scholarship opening after an incoming junior college recruit was taken in the baseball draft.
Meyer visited the MSU campus Thursday and decided to commit to the Bears. The entire experience from initial phone call about the opening to signing the scholarship papers took less than a week.
"The other shortstop took the draft and my name was thrown around out there," Meyer said Thursday by telephone from the Missouri State campus. "They called me and (MSU) coach (Keith) Guttin was coming to a Legion game. Our game got rained out and he ended up coming to a practice. That was almost even better because he got to see me do a little bit of everything."
One of the area's top shortstops, Meyer hit .465 this season with 10 doubles, one home run and 16 RBIs. He also had 10 stolen bases. As a junior he hit .324 with 10 doubles and 19 RBIs.
Meyer was just happy to have such prominent choices since Logan has been producing Division I players for decades.
"I was absolutely blessed with the opportunities I've been presented with," he said. "It was honestly a win-win situation for me. I couldn't say enough about John A. Logan and MSU. It all just fell in place for me."
Even if he had signed with John A. Logan, Meyer's goal all along was getting a chance to play Division I baseball. He also visited Missouri State two years ago for a baseball event and was familiar with the campus and baseball facilities.
"I really liked it," said Meyer, who will be considered at second, short and third by the Bears. "It's still is a great feeling. I've worked hard over the years and now it's paid off -- and I'm continuing to work hard. For the next four years I'm going to continue trying to prove what I can do."