Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 7/21/12

LeBron James‘ high school football exploits are pretty well known. The NBA MVP was an all-state wide receiver as a sophomore at St. Vincent – St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, and has publicly flirted with the idea of playing pro football many times. Now we’re learning that not only is Urban Meyer a Miami Heat admirer, but that he also once offered James a football scholarship.

The current Ohio State football coach told The Palm Beach Post’s Ethan J. Skolnick that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra reached out to him for advice last offseason. The two exchanged tips on how to deal with star athletes, and Meyer seemed to feel the meeting was mutually beneficial. He also shared the nugget about offering LeBron.

“I offered him a scholarship when he was a sophomore in high school at St. Vincent St. Mary’s,” Meyer told Skolnick. “I was at Notre Dame. He was a receiver, and I was a receivers coach.”

Meyer described LeBron as a “great” receiver, and we saw James display some of his skills during a flag football game against Kevin Durant last year. Given his size and athleticism, LeBron probably could have had an excellent career playing football — though he probably would have picked Ohio State over Notre Dame.

Would he have surpassed the expectations of Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had for him? It’s tough to say, but James probably would have done quite well.

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