Meisner Commits to Kentucky

The University of Kentucky scored another major recruiting coup this time from the only Pennsylvania recruit left on the board, as Greg Meisner, Jr. committed to the Wildcats, according to his father.

Greensburg (PA) Hempfield Area high school defensive end, Greg Meisner has committed to the University of Kentucky, according to his father, Greg Meisner, Sr.

"He committed to Kentucky," Greg Meisner, Sr. said. "I know he's excited about it, so I'll let you talk to him about it, later tonight."

Meisner, who admitted prior to his visit to Kentucky that he was leaning towards the Wildcats, made it official on his official visit over the weekend.

"He drove over to Louisville and caught a plane to Tampa Bay for a few days," Meisner, Sr. said. "I just landed a few minutes ago from the trip to Kentucky."

Kentucky Sports Report and talked with Meisner, Jr. prior to his trip to Kentucky. "Really, they won in every aspect but on the scoreboard."

Meisner chose the Wildcats over offers from Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, New Hampshire, Youngstown State, and Delaware.

Many predicted the home-town Panthers to gain Meisner's services on signing day, but the 6-foot-2, 228 pounder said the Pitt coaching staff only offered him a grayshirt offer.

He was actually set up to visit Pitt in January.

Rich Brooks and his coaching staff don't necessarily have a rich history recruiting against Dave Wannstedt and the new regime at Pittsburgh. In 2005, the newly hired Panther coaching staff not only persuaded highly acclaimed defensive tackle C.J. Davis to switch over, but landed the Wildcats biggest commitment to date in quarterback Bill Stull.

Both took visits to Pittsburgh just days before signing day and both rescinded on their verbals to head to the Big East.

Despite being the son of a Panther legend, Meisner said Wildcat fans can rest easy.

"I'll grayshirt or redshirt no matter what," Meisner said, "but to answer your question (in reference to the Bill Stull situation), I'm feeling real strong to Kentucky. They've been around for a while now and it would take more than just someone coming in at the last minute and offering to get me to change. If I make my decision, unless something drastic happens, I'll end up going there."

Meisner's father played for Pitt and spent 11 years as a defensive tackle in the NFL starring for the Rams, Chiefs and Giants. He currently serves as Meisner's head coach at Hempfield.

"The thing about my Dad is he's coached me since t-ball," Meisner shared, "I'll miss playing for him, but I think he'll definitely find a way to come see me, no matter where I am.

"When he played he always had like 50 people in the stands, because he's got such a big family," Meisner said of his family, who just recently moved back to the Pennsylvania area after spending Greg's freshmen and sophomore high school years in Southern California.

"I'm sure it will be the same way for me," Meisner, Jr. said of the family support. "My family has always been really supportive of me and I know they are going to be there for me and come watch me play whenever I'm playing."

Despite breaking his fibula in practice as a rising junior, the second team all-conference selection still led his area in sacks with nine.

"I think my biggest strength is my first two steps," Meisner said. "I play very aggressively and I have a high motor. I play whistle to whistle and as hard as I can play."

The dual-sport star also participates in baseball, hitting .510 this past year, earning him first team all-WPIAL AAAA recognition.

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