Christian Meadows verbally committed to Florida State back in July 2016. Despite that, he’s had offers and interest from all around the SEC and ACC – offers from Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Miami (FL); interest from Alabama, Clemson and Georgia (we’re not exactly talking about tiny, unsuccessful football programs recruiting him here). But now Meadows can add another offer to his pile…Michigan State.
“I’ve always watched football, and I caught a couple Michigan State games, and I just really love the way they play,” Meadows told Spartan Nation. “I love the scheme, I love what they’ve got going on; I want to get there and learn more about them, learn more about the school and everything else.”
Christian, out of Montezuma, GA and Macon County High School, is 6’4”, 338 pounds…and he’s just 17-years old! The offensive guard from the Class of 2018 profiles predominantly as a guard in college, even though he plays some tackle in high school.
Here at Spartan Nation and Scout, we’ve rated his strengths as his aggressiveness, his drive blocking skills, his power & strength and his size. We can add footwork to that list – you notice fairly quickly when you see his film that this is not the footwork of any average offensive lineman.
“I started playing basketball and football during my 5th grade year. The feet come from basketball. But then, after practice, I always get with the wide receivers and I always work on foot drills on the ladder and with the bag,” Meadows explained.
Some other positives we’ve noticed – he likes to finish his blocks, his aggression and attitude are seen immediately on film, and he plays hard consistently, always going until the whistle is blown. He’s solid on pass protection and shooting his hands, and his mobility and agility are better than most would think when you look at his size.
But, perhaps, the best (and maybe coolest) compliment we can give is what we consider him as a pass blocker – a mauler. He drives guys backwards and pushes them off the ball to get to the second level.
As for some things he needs to work on, though - his body control & balance, his pass protection and his technique. But Christian saw a completely different area in which he needs to improve.
“What I have to get better at is staying humble on the field,” Meadows admitted. “Sometimes I can get a little carried away. I know me, and I know my offensive lineman, so when we don’t play right, I can kind of lose it a little bit. So, staying humble on the field and becoming a better leader.”
Christian says he draws a lot of that character from his mom. He also says that, in choosing a school, academics play an important roll, not just the game of football.
“If I did go to college, my main goal was to get a degree, even if I didn’t go for football. Whether I went for football or for academics, I always looked to go to college to get that degree.”
Those sentiments are best epitomized by an anonymus source from Macon County High School, where Meadows currently attends.
“When Christian walks in the room, you think there’s an eclipse, because he’s bigger than the moon. But the only thing bigger than Christian’s actual body is his heart. He’s one of the most wonderful people in the world, but I’ll tell you this…everybody knows him as a football player, but the only thing more important to him than football is his mom and his school.”
Noticeably at a loss for words and slightly choked up after hearing that statement, Christian responded, “That’s the first thing everyone recognizes about me. Once they meet me, they have to meet my mom, as well.”
With the 2017 National Signing Day just a couple of days away, we will soon be turning our attention predominantly to the Class of 2018. Even with the verbal commitment to Florida State, now Michigan State is in the mix for Christian Meadows. Only time will tell where this high-character, high-skill kid will make his mark in college.
Stay tuned to Spartan Nation has we follow Meadows closely. He is not sure if he will camp at MSU this spring, but if he does not, he plans to visit this spring.