No. 20: Jonathan Meeks

CUTigers.com is at No. 20 on the top 25 players on Clemson's roster entering the 2011 season. Up next is the replacement for All-American DeAndre McDaniel.

20. SS Jonathan Meeks, Jr.
Meeks was on the receiving end of several Division II offers during his senior season at Rock Hill High School, but did not garner much attention from bigger programs. Instead, he opted for a post-graduate season at Hargrave Military Academy to up his stock and qualifying credentials.

THE RESUME: Meeks played free safety and quarterback as a senior in high school. He threw for 612 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 896 yards with 14 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 69 tackles and two interceptions.

In the 54 snaps he played as a freshman at Clemson, Meeks had six tackles and an interception.

Meeks emerged as Clemson's third safety during his sophomore season, during which he made his first-career start. He played 256 snaps in 13 games and was in on 28 tackles last season. Meeks recorded his second-career interception in 2010.

MOVING FORWARD: Though his first-career start was at free safety, Meeks will take over the starting strong safety job this fall. He'll team up with Rashard Hall to form yet another formidable duo of safeties in the Clemson secondary. Simply put, Meeks has captalized on limited playing time and is highly thought of by Clemson's coaching staff. He'll be another playmaker in the secondary this fall.

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