Bloomington, Ind. – Whiteland's Mitch Meador figures to have plenty of choices…in more ways than one.
The 6-4, 230-pounder was a first-team Class 4A All-State pick as a junior, totaling 116 tackles as a middle linebacker at Whiteland (Ind.) Community H.S. He couples that productivity with excellent size and strength and has emerged as a promising recruiting target in the 2009 class.
Indiana has taken notice, and had Meador on campus two weeks ago for one of its '09 junior days. Other programs have inquired as well, including Iowa, Illinois, Penn State, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan.
But Meador's options don't figure to be limited to where he's going to play in college, but also where he's going to play on the field. While he's built a reputation with his play at middle linebacker, he could wind up at a variety of spots depending on his preference and a team's need.
"Mitch is a great athlete," said Whiteland Coach Darrin Fisher, whose team went 7-5 in the fall. "He can play tight end, I think rush end is a possibility, and playing inside or outside linebacker is a possibility as well."
Meador even rushed for seven touchdowns this fall as a goal line tailback, although Fisher doesn't expect him to wind up carrying the ball at the collegiate level. But Fisher does think Meador has a chance to be a special player at one of those other spots.
"He's a 6-4, 230-pound guy who can really run and is really explosive," Fisher said. "Athletically he has all the tools."
Fisher said Meador combines those tools with a tremendous work ethic as well.
"His work habits and his ability to lead and his desire on the field is what set him apart," Fisher said. "There are a lot of guys that are good athletes. The thing that sets him apart is his motor. His motor is going in the weight room, on the practice field, and during games. That, along with his talent, will take him a long way."
The IU staff has long been familiar with those abilities. Fisher brings his Whiteland H.S. team to Bloomington each summer for the Hoosiers' team camp, so Meador has been in town during each of the past two summers. Those trips, along with his recent visit for Junior Day, has given Meador a good feeling for what the IU program has to offer.
"He's spent some time on the campus and some time around the program and the coaches," Fisher said. "He has a pretty good feel. I don't think anyone knows for sure, but I think he has a pretty good feel for what Indiana football is all about."
That could pay off down the road once scholarship offers begin to come in, and Meador begins weighing his options.
"I think relationships are going to be big with him," Fisher said. "He wants to be in a place where he has a relationship with his position coach and he feels like he's going to be a part of something special."
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