Meadows Ready For Big Change

With his verbal commitment behind him Kyle Meadows is ready for the next big change in his life. Meadows talks about his official visit with Kentucky that led to him giving his pledge to head coach Mark Stoops.

This past weekend West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West offensive lineman Kyle Meadows took an official visit that changed his recruiting plans.  What sold the 6-foot-6, 275-pound Meadows to become one of the newest members of Kentucky’s football recruiting class?

“I went down on Friday with my mother and brother and was able to spend a lot of time with the coaches and players,” said Meadows.  “I made my commitment to Kentucky because they have the major I’m interested in. 

“As soon as I got down there I went over to academics.  I want to study Entomology and they have a great program. 

“My visit was really good and the whole visit in general was good.  We looked at the football facilities but I remembered everything about their facilities from when I visited for an unofficial visit under the former staff.”

While Meadows gave Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops his verbal pledge on Saturday, it was his dealings with two new Wildcats assistant coaches that sold him on the future of the program.

“The main people I spoke with when there was (assistant) coach (Vince) Marrow and (assistant) coach (John) Schlarman,” said Meadows.  “Other coaches I’ve visited with at other schools run complicated offenses and the way coach Marrow and Schlarman teach it to their line and tight ends I’m use to as they run the same offense we run at Lakota West.

“I’m use to the zone blocking schemes and passing schemes and will be ahead of the other recruits that come in.”

While ranked as an offensive tackle, Meadows is expecting a big change when he arrives on campus.

“The coach said I’ll start as a freshman at tackle and tight end,” Meadows explained.  “They said I’ll no longer be in a 70 number jersey as I’ll have a receiver eligible number.  I’m really excited about this as I’m really athletic for my size. 

“They know I can run so they are going to put lean muscle on me and get me down to about a 4.8 forty and team me the routes.  All I have to do is learn the routes.”

Another thing impressing Meadows about the new direction of the staff is their insistence in recruiting Ohio.

“The new staff is doing a really good job of recruiting Southwest Ohio,” said Meadows.  “I don’t know why the previous staff didn’t do it as Ohio is a pretty good football state.  But coach Stoops and coach Marrow realize Kentucky needs linemen from Ohio as we have some of the best linemen in the country.”

 What message does Meadows have for Kentucky fans?

“Fans should expect a lot out of me,” said Meadows.  “Right now I don’t even know what to expect because of all the things the coaches are going to do with my body and how I’m going to change.  So Kentucky fans should be ready for mysterious things to happen.  That is all I have to say.”

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