Justin Meredith visits Iron Bowl

Justin Meredith traveled from Anderson, S.C. to see the Crimson Tide take on the undefeated Auburn Tigers. The big 6-5, 215 junior tight end prospect from T.L. Hanna High School had been to Tuscaloosa before, but not on a game day against their biggest foe.

"It was my first-ever Iron Bowl," Justin Meredith said. "Right away I could tell the rivalry was different than anyone else's I've been to. The atmosphere was intensified. The fans really got into it."

Meredith has received offers from South Carolina and North Carolina. He's been to games at both schools as well as Clemson, UGA, Tennessee, and N.C. State. Alabama has yet to offer, but the staff seems very interested.

"Coach [Burton] Burns is the recruiter in my area," said Meredith. "He's come by Hanna several times. I talked with him while I was there. I was able to speak with Coach [Bobby] Williams a little. He coaches the tight ends, and I got to know him last summer at the camp. And I briefly spoke to Coach Saban. We had a very good conversation."

The Hanna Yellow Jackets went 7-6 on the year and made it to the 2nd round of the state playoffs where they were beaten by a touchdown by North Augusta High School.

"I did a lot of lining up at wide receiver, going in motion and lining up beside the quarterback as the lead blocker," Meredith said. "The main thing I've added to my game since my freshman year is improved blocking ability. I've added 10-15 pounds of muscle and hope to add another 15 in the off-season to get up around 225-230."

Meredith had two touchdowns this season. He has excellent ball skills, and his coach may think of different ways to get the ball in his hands next year.

"The other night my coach called me to talk about the possibility of playing quarterback next season," said Meredith. "We run kind of a shotgun option, and I think I'd do a good job. I'm being recruited at tight end, but if I'm doing well a couple of months into the season at quarterback, that could change."

Meredith's father played linebacker at Hanna's crosstown rival, Westside. He went on to play at Elon College, now Elon University. He wants academics to become Justin's main focus in deciding which college to attend.

"My family stresses academics, and that's the right way to look at it," said Meredith. "I can tell you when I make a decision it will be a final decision. I'm not going to do any of that commit and the decommit stuff. So I want to take my time and make the right decision. Unless I fall in love with a place 20 hours away, I'd like to stay in the southeast. Location and staying near home is important to me. I'm also going to look at the coaching staff, the facilities, and how much they use the tight end."

Meredith reports a GPA of 3.75. He hopes to concentrate on Engineering in college. He still has one more year at Hanna, and he hopes to finish big as a senior.

"We haven't won region in 20 years, so that's going to be our goal," said Meredith. "We've never won State, but I think we have some key guys returning to make a run at it.

Hanna has produced Kentucky stand-out Rafael Little, Hall of Fame baseball player Jim Rice, and James Robert Kennedy Jr., the title character in the film, "Radio".

Meredith wears No. 6 at Hanna. He likes to go by the nickname 'C.J.' for Charles Justin. He was clocked at 4.6 in the 40 yard dash at a camp at the University of South Carolina. The head coach at Hanna is Kenya Fouch.

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