Can State Land Meeks?

State has offered Orlando (FL) Boone junior Alton Meeks as a linebacker, but he prefers to play quarterback. Will the Pack have a shot to sway him? Pack Pride has the latest on his recruitment.

Orlando (FL) Boone junior Alton Meeks (6-2, 215 pounds) would love to eventually be a starting quarterback at the college level someday.

Not every school is recruiting him as a quarterback, however. While that might be such a sticking point for some that they eliminate certain schools from consideration, Meeks is taking a different approach. He appreciates the honesty and is keeping his options open.

NC State is one of the schools that's recruiting Meeks to play something other than quarterback.

"They're looking at me as more of an athlete, like a linebacker," Meeks explained. "They were one of the first schools to really go after me and I like how they've been honest with me about the position thing. At the end of the day it's a great school.

"They send me letters and stuff, but I haven't really planned a visit up there. The last time I was up there was last summer. It's definitely a school I'll still look at because they're a good team and I like the coaches," Meeks noted.

While there's no doubt that Meeks prefers quarterback, it may not be a deal breaker as far as a future school is concerned.

"Honestly I would probably prefer to play quarterback but as long as a school is honest with me and I feel like I fit in well with the school it's not that big of a deal. It's something I'll have to think about."

Meeks has a busy schedule coming up. Next weekend he will be at Cincinnati and following that he has trips to Iowa State and Minnesota. He also wants to return to UCF, South Florida and Florida State at some point.

"I just got back from South Carolina and Vanderbilt," he added.

"I liked South Carolina a lot. You know, it's an SEC school and it's Steve Spurrier so he likes to sling the ball around. It's a very open offense, which is cool. The school is nice and the facilities are nice.

"A lot of people don't know this but Vanderbilt actually has one of the best quarterbacks coaches in the nation. It's a very QB-friendly offense and I like that a lot. Plus it's Vanderbilt so it's a great school. I really liked the campus tour."

All of the schools listed above, plus Michigan State, UConn and others, have offered Meeks.

As a junior, Meeks threw for close to 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns. He added three scores on the ground.


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