Julian Meares III signs with West Point

Julian Meares III of The John Carroll School (Bell Air, Md.), signed with the United States Military Academy on Wednesday. Look inside for a photo and quotes from Meares.

Julian Meares Profile

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end/outside linebacker committed to the Black Knights on July 17th, 2014, to Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman, six days after he was offered.

"At the time I committed Army was my only offer. I felt like more were on the way but I didn't want to wait because I already knew where I wanted to play. The coaches at West Point made me feel like I was at home. They're great people who I feel would be the right group of coaches for anybody. I'm not quite sure where my love of the military came from, but I think military life will suit me. I like the discipline, the organization, and how well they handle themselves. The five year commitment after college may scare some people away but it was a great aspect of going to West Point for me. I like knowing I'll have a job waiting for me after five years of college."

Meares played in nine games had 79 total tackles and 16.5 sacks in his senior season at Carroll in the D.C, area. He's a three-time All-Harford County and All-Upper Chesapeake Bay Conference selection and was named second team All-Metro as a senior. In the post season, he played in the Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star game.

"Coach Bateman said they liked the fact they could put me at a lot of different positions. I think I'm going to start out at outside linebacker, but they can move me inside or I can add 20 pounds to my frame and play the line. It really depends on how I grow."

Julian is the son of Jay and Toni Meares. He will likely start out at West Point Prep.

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