On the final day of Mark Dantonio's summer football camp, defensive end prospect Greg Meisner caught the eyes of several Bearcat coaches. As camp wound down several coaches including Coach Dantonio watched defensive and offensive linemen battle one-on-one. This is where Meisner made his mark and did well enough for the Bearcats staff to issue an offer.
Meisner at UC Camp in early June going through drills
Holding offers from programs like New Hampshire and Youngstown State came easy. Getting the larger programs to take notice took hard work. Since the end of spring Meisner has picked up offers from Kentucky, Vanderbilt and now Cincinnati. In talking with Meisner we learned the Bearcats have caught his eye.
Meisner going one-on-one with another UC offer holder Jeremy Shrieves
BCI: We understand you've picked up an offer from Cincinnati?
G. Meisner: Yes, they've offered me now.
BCI: How many offers do you have total now?
G. Meisner: I've got five total. I received offers from New Hampshire, Youngstown State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati.
BCI: I saw you perform in camp, you seem to have a high motor when you play?
G. Meisner: Yes, I've always been that way.
BCI: What did you think of Cincinnati when you came to camp?
G. Meisner: I really liked what I saw. The stadium is real nice and I had the chance to see the new weight room being built. All of the facilities were real nice as was the whole campus.
BCI: What position do college coaches see you playing?
G. Meisner: They have all said they are looking at me to be a defensive end. I'll have to put on some weight but I feel that won't be a problem.
BCI: How much weight will you need to put on?
G. Meisner: I would like to see myself by my freshman year be in the 240-245 pound range.
BCI: Do you see yourself at Cincinnati?
G. Meisner: Yes, I could see myself playing at Cincinnati.
BCI: Coach Dantonio enjoys recruiting players who've had family members also play this game at a high level, your father played football also?
G. Meisner: Yes, my father played at Pitt in the late 70's to early 80's. He came in as a defensive end but grew to where they moved him to defensive tackle.
BCI: What are you looking for in a school?
G. Meisner: I'm looking for a program where I have a chance to really know the coaches and like them. I'm also looking at the area a school is in and also the facilities the school has.
BCI: What are you looking to study in college?
G. Meisner: I'm looking to study sports medicine or Pre-Med.
BCI: With the offers you now have, Cincinnati is the closest "Big Time" program to have offer, is being close to home and family matter to you?
G. Meisner: Yes, I've got family that would like to see me play, so being somewhat close to home will play a factor in my decision.
BCI: Have you set a timetable for making your decision?
G. Meisner: I'm looking at making up my mind after my senior season.
BCI: What did you come away most impressed with from your camp experience?
G. Meisner: I really enjoyed my experience at camp. I would have to say I came away most impressed with the coaching staff. I had a chance to spend some time with the defensive line coach (Coach Gill), along with Coach Narduzzi and Coach Tressel who is recruiting me.
Bearcat Insider would like to thank Greg for talking about his camp experience and current Bearcats offer. We wish him luck during the recruiting process and look forward to speaking with him again in the near future.