Myles Crosby, a high school defensive back from Texas, announced earlier this week that he will sign a letter of intent to play Division I college football at SMU. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound safety is a two-star recruit and is ranked nowhere near the top at his position, but there’s one particular bit of information that makes his story noteworthy — Crosby is a nationally-recognized male model.
According to the Dallas Morning News, crosby became one of the youngest stars in the modeling industry at age 17 when he posed for Calvin Klein ads that appeared in magazines like Esquire, GQ and Vanity Fair. Models.com lists him as the 11th-ranked model in the world, and the director of the men’s division at the Kim Dawson Agency says Crosby would be making a six-figure salary if he decided to model full time.
He’d rather play football and go to school.
“I’m told I’m so stupid by every single person,” Crosby said. “That every single person in my shoes should drop out of school now and go make the money. I have a passion for football and I want an education. This modeling crap could only last another year and then I’d have no education and never get to play football. I’d regret it for the rest of my life.”
Crosby racked up 108 tackles, 13 passes defensed and two forced fumbles during his senior season Colleyville Heritage High School in Texas. He’s well aware of the stereotypes that come along with being a male model, but they don’t seem to have any affect on his performance on the field.
“The stereotypical model is a lot softer than I am,” Crosby said with a laugh.
Crosby plans to major in film at SMU and is interested in directing after college. He says he would consider modeling again after college to make some extra money, but his focus is currently on getting a degree and playing college ball. As this famous NFL star could tell him, playing football and modeling is not out of the question.