San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio athlete Nathan Meadors has had a busy couple of weeks. After getting offered by UCLA, Meadors took his official visit this past weekend to Boise State, and when he got home, he had an offer from California waiting for him.
“I got the offer Sunday night, when I got back from my official visit,” Meadors said. “Coach Kaufman, the DC, offered me. My head is spinning. It’s wild. I’ve got to make decisions faster than probably other recruits do. It’s a lot to juggle, but I’m sure I’ll make a decision soon.”
Bears defensive coordinator Art Kaufman offered the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder as a cornerback.
“He liked the fact that, first off, I get my work done in the books,” Meadors said. “I have a high GPA.”
Meadors’ GPA is over 3.5, and he’s taking Advanced Placement Calculus and Advanced Placement Biology this semester.
“Secondly, they really like how I’m versatile,” Meadors said. “They can use me wherever and whenever they need me.”
That’s just what San Gorgonio has done this season, as Meadors has seen time at corner, safety and quarterback. Meadors is 89-for-150 passing for 1,407 yards and 18 touchdowns, he’s rushed 122 times for 1,746 yards and another 25 scores, and he’s recorded 30 tackles, one pick, four passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on defense.
“I haven’t played defense since Game Three, though, so I had all those in three games,” Meadors said. “With our schedule, I really haven’t had to play defense because we have a pretty good backup safety, and good corners, so they haven’t really needed me. In the playoffs, though, I’ve been playing both ways as of late.”
Meadors and his team are still alive in the playoffs, and will face second-round opponent Riverside (Calif.) Poly this Friday. Meadors will again play both ways.
“It’s playoff time; I told my coaches that I need to play defense,” Meadors said.
It was a Scout.com article that got Meadors’s name out, and eventually to Kaufman.
“It started with UCLA offering me, because Greg Biggins wrote an article about me, saying UCLA was interested in me, and all these other schools, and after that, it was as if a million schools called me,” Meadors said. “Cal was one of them, and then they blessed me with a scholarship offer.”
Meadors has four official visits left, and plans on using two of them to visit the Bruins and the Bears.
“I know Cal, first off, is one of the top schools in the country, probably the whole world,” Meadors said. “I know, football-wise, they have a great program that produces great athletes. Coach Kaufman was telling me that they need some help in the secondary, and that he was looking forward to me possibly playing my first year there, as a true freshman.”
Meadors plans to visit either right before the holiday dead period, or right after, in mid-December or early January.