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High school football: Norman North's Channing Meyer takes unusual path

Channing Meyer will play football for the United States Merchant Marine Academy. The process to get in is a tough one, with the state of Oklahoma only getting two spots per year.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 10, 2013
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/articleid/3753893/1/pictures/1949602">Photo - Channing Meyer and his mother Liz Meyer, left, and Corbin Cleveland and his mother Christina Cleveland pose for photographs after a signing day assembly at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Norman, Okla.  Meyer will play for the Merchant Marine Academy and Cleveland will play for Oklahoma Baptist University.   Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Channing Meyer and his mother Liz Meyer, left, and Corbin Cleveland and his mother Christina Cleveland pose for photographs after a signing day assembly at Norman North High School on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Norman, Okla. Meyer will play for the Merchant Marine Academy and Cleveland will play for Oklahoma Baptist University. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Meyer went through Rep. Tom Cole for his congressional appointment.

He turned in his nomination package in October and then interviewed in December for one of the spots.

“It's tough,” Channing said of the process.

Meyer is no stranger to the Naval lifestyle. He's lived around the world, and Norman North is his 11th school. He started at the school midway through his freshman year and will finish high school just in time.

Kris has received orders to move close to Washington, D.C., and the family will move a day after Channing's graduation.

“It's tough on him because he won't get to spend the summer with his friends, but he's got to report July 2 anyway so he wouldn't have that much time,” Kris said. “But our goal was to get Channing to graduation here and we've been able to do that.”

Then, there's football.

The Mariners play in Division III and their primary rival is the Coast Guard Academy. The USMMA won that game last season 43-37 and finished 5-5.

They use a triple-option offense, and Meyer is planning on playing quarterback for them after splitting time at quarterback and wide receiver for the Timberwolves this season.

After his sophomore season, though, he'll get a break from football. Instead of going through spring drills, juniors-to-be spend about 135 days at sea. The next year, midshipmen spend around 265 days at sea.

“Obviously it's not something that appeals to everybody,” Kris said. “But for the right kids who want to go around the world, are independent and want to experience new things, it's a great opportunity.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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