'We Play Him Everywhere'

According to Anderson (S.C.) Hanna head football coach Kenya Fouch, Justin Meredith's verbal commitment provides North Carolina with a versatile athlete.

"He's a big kid that can run," Fouch said. "He's strong. He's a really high character kid that's a good student. He's pretty much what you're looking for at the tight end position."

UNC's offensive system utilizes two different types of tight ends – a "Y" and an H-back. Fouch envisions Meredith beginning his UNC career as an H-back, but eventually growing into the ‘Y' position, which is the path former Tar Heel Zack Pianalto followed.

"Right now, [Meredith] is about 230 pounds," Fouch said. "But I know he has another year of high school left and Christmas of his freshman year [at UNC] he'll probably be 260 [pounds]. And he's a legitimate 6-5, 6-5 ½. So he could grow into a ‘Y' [tight end]."

Despite missing a few games with a shoulder injury, Meredith caught 20 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns during his junior season. As a sophomore, he had 22 receptions for 272 yards and a score.

"We play him everywhere," Fouch said. "We put him in the backfield, we put him in the slot, we play him at the true tight end, [and] we motion him around a little bit, because he is such a mismatch for most high school players and because he is fast he's a terror for linebackers and he has big long arms so he's tough on the safeties. He's a tough match for whoever is going against him. We try to be multiple [and] we try to keep him moving."

According to Fouch, Meredith chose UNC because of its combination of academics and athletics.

"North Carolina has a really solid academic reputation," Fouch said. "Plus, they're doing some really good things with their facilities as far as football is concerned. He was impressed by that and impressed by the coaching staff."

The rigors of the recruiting process coupled with finding the ideal fit contributed to Meredith's decision to commit now.

"I think it's something that he had been looking into for a while," Fouch said. "I don't know exactly how long he's known, but you could tell pretty quick that he was getting pretty weary with the [recruiting] process. And I think there was probably a little bit more to [the recruiting process] than he thought it was going to be. It seems like he just wanted to get ready for his senior year and concentrate on finishing strong academically. I think in his mind, once he knew where he wanted to go, there was no need to really wait."

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