WSU official could prove pivotal for Meinken

GEOFF MEINKEN verbally committed to Washington State back in May but when Stanford offered this past month, he made the decision to trip to Palo Alto, taking his official visit this past week. His official visit to the Palouse is this weekend for the Apple Cup, and it could prove key to who he signs with on Letter of Intent Day in February.

DL Geoff Meinken (6-4, 250)   
Lynnwood, WA; Lynnwood High

How he left things with Stanford:
"I kinda sat down at breakfast on Sunday before my flight, just talked about how I felt about the weekend and the school...I'm going to see the Apple Cup this week at Washington State and I'm really excited to see that. I want to see both schools," said Meinken.

Meinken has visited Pullman this year unofficially but said he'll be looking for certain things on his official visit:
"I'm going to be looking a lot at the educational standpoint and what they can do for me education-wise. I know what Stanford can do for me now. And I've got to prepare myself for life after football -- football is only 4-5 more years," said Meinken.

So he's not in the group of 17-18 year olds who are absolutely positive they'll star in the NFL?
"I hope, but I've got to be ready for when the day comes -- whenever that may be, when I'm 22 or when I'm 35, that I'm ready for it," said Meinken.

How the Stanford visit went:
"It went good. It was a good weekend for them, a good game...I found out there was this thing called where you can graduate in five years with two could get your undergrad and your graduate degree. That was pretty cool," said Meinken.

What stood out to him on Stanford visit:
"The campus was gorgeous, everyone was really nice. The players were cool," said Meinken.

Time spent with Stanford coaches on the visit:
"I spent a lot of time with coach (Tim) Drevno and coach (Lance) Anderson and I actually spent a lot of time with coach Harbaugh, I think I ate two different meals with him, he was everywhere," said Meinken.

Stanford told Meinken this past week they're undecided what side of the ball he might play on with fullback and a three-technique defensive lineman among the possibilities. Washington State, he said, likes him at defensive end or tackle depending on how he fills out with linebacker also a possibility.

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