UNC Offers Hargrave DB

Add Jonathan Meeks to the list of players on Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy's roster that have received a North Carolina scholarship offer.

"They came to one of our practices," Meeks said. "My coach told me they liked what they've seen of me at safety and he said they would be interested to get me to UNC to see a football game."

Meeks, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound defensive back, was invited to unofficially visit UNC this past weekend for the Virginia Tech game. However, he couldn't make the trip.

UNC isn't the only school to discover Meeks, who is considered a sleeper by Hargrave head football coach Robert Prunty. Within the first four weeks of being at Hargrave, Meeks has received scholarship offers from Florida, NC State, and Virginia Tech and strong interest from Georgia, Penn State, and Tennessee.

"It was just amazing," Meeks said. "I never really had a Division I-A college telling me they want to offer me and tell me I'm good enough to play in their program. It was kind of overwhelming."

As a senior at Rock Hill High School, Meeks received several Division II offers. However, he felt he was better than that and decided to spend a semester at Hargrave to improve his qualifying status and his recruiting stock.

"I had to get my SAT scores up – I knew I could get eligible [to play D1] here at a prep school," Meeks said. "And then I knew a guy Jonathan Hefney, he went here, he went to my high school, and went to the University of Tennessee. He talked to me about coming here. He said I could get recruited here.

"I came here and met with Coach Prunty. He told me I'm an athlete and I could go Division I."

At Rock Hill, Meeks played quarterback, a position he started at during both his junior and senior seasons. Upon his Hargrave arrival, Prunty moved Meeks to free safety, his more natural position.

Primarily, Meeks is being recruited to play safety. However a few schools, including UNC, are recruiting him to play cornerback.

Meeks figures to spend the fall semester at Hargrave and then enroll at his chosen school in January.

Lacking any campus visits, Meeks is reluctant to name a leader.

"I'll have [a leader] real soon, because I have to make a decision by January," Meeks said. "I have got to take those official visits."

Meeks says the four schools that have offered him a scholarship – Florida, UNC, NC State, and Virginia Tech – will receive official visits.

Playing time and location will be important factors in Meeks' collegiate decision.

"I want to play," Meeks said. "I don't mind putting a year in the hole. I just want an opportunity to play, because I'll earn my strips in practice.

"I kind of want to be close to home. Not like in South Carolina, but where I could come home if I wanted to."

Meeks has never visited Chapel Hill, but he grew up following UNC's basketball team.

"I am a huge Tar Heel fan," Meeks said. "That's like my favorite college basketball team.

"I like the weather in North Carolina and I haven't heard one bad thing about Carolina, yet."

Having two UNC verbal commitments as teammates – A.J. Blue and Kevin Reddick – has helped Meeks become more familiar with a school he knows little about.

"Kevin Reddick was like ‘They'll give you a chance to play, [the team is] young, [the coaches] have NFL experience,'" Meeks said. "Kevin Reddick was there for training camp he said he loved it. Blue said the same thing."

Meeks has yet to speak to any member of UNC's coaching staff, but Kenny Browning will be handling his recruitment.

In addition to Meeks, Blue and Reddick, other Hargrave Cadets who hold UNC offers include Leon Mackey, Bobby Massie, and Kevin Newsome.

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