Jonathan Meeks didn't get any Division 1 scholarship offers coming out of high school. The decision to go to Hargrave Military Academy looks like a smart one as several top BCS programs have taken interest in the 4-star safety/defensive back. According to Meeks he now has 7 offers and has heard from other programs since the start of his season.
"I'm pretty happy with the offers I've gotten so far," said Meeks. "I came here (to Hargrave) for recruiting. In high school I didn't get any offers so I thought it'd be good for me to play with a great team and live here. The military part of it has been hard but in the end I'll be much more mature."
"Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Clemson have all offered me," continued Meeks about how Hargrave has helped him. "Florida State just started recruiting me as a safety. I'm taking this process slow, so I don't have any visits scheduled yet and I don't have any favorites. I'm going to see who else offers me then go from there."
With the Seminoles just getting involved with the 6'2" 193 pound standout he has not been able to get a chance to get to know more about the program and the coaches. Jonathan told NoleDigest that that is his next step in the process.
"Right now I am not sure what's going to happen with FSU," explained Meeks. "I've spoken to the coaches here, but I've gotten mail from them. I like them and now have to do my research to see where they are at depth wise. I plan on talking to them some time soon so I can get to know more about them."
It's not common that a player like Jonathan doesn't get an offer. For him the experience at Hargrave has helped him become a better player. Add to that the chance he's getting to get ready for college; Meeks thinks he'll be ready to go when he finishes up there.
"I'm a leader on the field," said Meeks, "and I lead by making plays. I've been playing free safety here and it's given me a chance to work on my overall game. I've gotten a chance to fly around the ball; we don't keep stats here because we focus on the team."
Meeks came to Hargrave as a full qualifier so he will have no problems getting into the college he chooses. He knows that it's important to make up his mind before spring because he's leaving Hargrave in December.
"I leave in December and I am already qualified," stated Meeks. "I just have to take my time to look at these schools and see what they have. If I have to come in and redshirt, I'd understand, but I want to play as early as possible. Depth charts and the business major a school offers will be the factors I look for."
Jonathan was a little known prospect coming into this year. He's got prototypical size and speed and is a dominating playmaker from the free safety position. Florida State is still looking at recruits at this position, and it looks like right now that Meeks may develop into a top target for FSU and other top BCS programs. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Jonathan, as well as the rest of the recruits from the 2009 recruiting class.