Meekhof getting his name on the radar

Grandville (Mich.) sophomore running back has big camp showing in Atlanta, visits Michigan State for the first time as a result. He talks about the visit and some schools he is hearing from following a big performance at a Nike Football Training Camp.

With his junior year on the horizon, Grandville (Mich.) running back Nolan Meekhof is working to get his name on the radar.

After turning in a big performance at a national combine recently, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound sophomore is doing just that.

Michigan State was one of the first to get back with Meekhof, setting up a visit Tuesday.

"I went to a football camp in Atlanta, a Nike Football Training Camp, and I scored pretty high there," he said. "I was actually third place overall for the event. I emailed Michigan State and someone contacted them about me. A mix of that got me to have a call from Coach (Curtis) Blackwell, well, he called my coach, who told me. So, the whole visit for practice and everything became possible."

It was his first visit to a school apart from a junior day at Central Michigan and he said it went really well. He got a tour of the campus and facilities and watched a spring practice.

"Me and a couple other kids that were there went to practice were basically walking around with Coach Blackwell and he introduced me to the coaches, which was pretty cool," he said. I really liked everything I saw there. The coaches are nice and it was a cool experience to have."

He spent plenty of time around running backs coach Dave Warner, as he took in the running backs meeting.

"Coach Warner was a nice guy," he said. "I really liked him and he seemed like a very nice coach. He was kind of a fun guy, but to the point. He wasn't a coach that is a jerk or something, he is a nice guy.

"I really liked the running backs, too, they seemed like they had a good time but took everything seriously, too."

Meekhof has been getting mail and questionnaires from a few schools so far, including Nebraska, Purdue and Central Michigan.

He plans to camp at Michigan State and CMU, as well as Sound Mind Sound Body.

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