Going to Charlotte (NC) West High School, Meeks has always followed North Carolina. In fact when the Tar Heels offered many felt it would be a fairly cut and dried deal that he would end up in Chapel Hill.
However Meeks didn't commit right away, and the biggest reason for that was the job that the Georgetown Hoyas did recruiting him for the very beginning. The Big East power had made Meeks a top priority from day one, and it gave Meeks reason to pause.
Basically what it started to come down to was a classic case of would he follow his heart and go to Carolina or go to the school that had been on him the longest where his particular skill set from the center spot really fit.
Meeks is one of the best passing bigs in the class, he can hit shots out to three point range, and is very skilled and effective in the halfcourt. Georgetown was using that as their sell, and there is no doubt that Meeks was buying in. He knew it was a perfect fit for him, but still there was the Tar Heels and Roy Williams right up the road making a strong pitch as well.
At the end Meeks, who is very close with his family, decided that staying home and playing where his heart told him was the right place. Williams and his staff showed him a lot of love and made a great impression during the in-home visit.
Also Meeks saw an opportunity for early playing time. With a seemingly likely departure of James Michael McAdoo to the NBA, Meeks knows that only current North Carolina freshman Joel James is in the fold to play a true center position, and given his size it is likely that numerous minutes will be available to Meeks.
Following his heart, Meeks will now have to get in the best shape of his life to run the fast breaking offense that North Carolina likes to employ, and already he is doing that. From the end of July Meeks dropped a very noticeable amount of weight, and with that he looked better running the floor and with his overall conditioning during a viewing in the fall.
Now Meeks will have to continue to get in shape and continue to work towards being a weapon. The heart tends to win out a lot in recruiting, and it did in this case for UNC with Meeks.