QB Meier looks towards high school season

The high school football season is less than two weeks away for Kerry Meier, and the Pittsburg High quarterback is looking forward to another big year.

The 6-3 senior signal caller is hoping to lead his team to a state title in 2004 after his Purple Dragons finished 7-4 in 2003. Meier likes his team's chances and loves his team's attitude.

"We are a very upbeat group," Meier said. "Our guys are up for about anything and everything has been really positive right now. We're looking forward to a great year ahead."

The next three months could include a lot of wins for Meier's high school football team. One thing that time span won't include though, is a decision on which team Meier will play for next.

"I sat down with my coach and we kind of decided to wait until the season is over for me to make my decision," Meier explained. "It was my idea."

Both Meier and his coach think it's a good plan and they're excited to see what the highly touted QB can do with his mind focused on the upcoming season. While Meier has vowed to concentrate his efforts on Pittsburg High football for the next few months, that doesn't mean he'll be blocking out the thoughts of his future football home entirely. The three star prospect plans to take in a few college football games on the weekends after taking care of business on Friday nights.

Meier's top five schools include Texas A&M, Kansas State, Kansas, Tulsa and UTEP. All five have offered him a scholarship and he says it's currently a dead heat between A&M, KSU, KU and Tulsa, with UTEP being, "kind of down the line, right now."

The little brother of two Kansas State football players says he plans to visit Manhattan, Lawrence and College Station on game days this fall.

"I'm planning on taking a trip down to College Station to check out a game. I'm going to try to make it up to KU and then K-state also."

Meier is especially excited about a return trip to the home of the Aggies. After touring the campus with his dad earlier this year, Meier says it's now mom's turn to see Kyle Field.

"I went down to A&M over the summer with my dad, so this time me and my mom are going to go down and go to a game early. I'm planning on going to the Wyoming game on the 11th (of September), but that's not completely for sure yet."

Meier is also firming up plans to watch home games of the Wildcats and Jayhawks. With one older brother currently playing in Manhattan (Dylan Meier) and another, a former K-state standout (Shad Meier), Kerry is no stranger to KSU stadium or the Wildcats recent success.

"When I think of Kansas State, I think of how they've turned everything around and how they're tradition is so good now. They're always up there in the rankings at the end of the year."

While Meier would love to be a part of that winning tradition, he's also intrigued by the opportunity to help the other major program in the Sunflower State keep things rolling in the right direction.

"They're getting it turned around in a new direction at Kansas and that direction is good one."

Which direction will Meier go? That decision may be months away, but you can bet his sights are locked firmly in on Pittsburgh's first opponent: Labette County High School.

"We start September 3rd against Labette County. They'll be a quality opponent. They're fundamentally sound, so it should be a good challenge."

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