Meeks Aiming for Jan. Enrollment

CHATHAM, Va. --- Despite aspiring to enroll in January, Jonathan Meeks doesn't have a leader and isn't sure when he'll make his collegiate decision.

"I don't know [exactly] when I'll decide, but it will be in December, though," Meeks said. "I'm just hoping to make the right decision."

This fall, Meeks, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound defensive back, enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy to improve his recruiting stock and qualifying status. While he has succeeded in attaining a handful of scholarship offers, he is still short of qualifying. However, Meeks was close enough on his most recent SAT that he's optimistic that he'll receive a qualifying score when he takes it again on Dec. 6.

Official visits will play a major role in Meeks' collegiate decision. He took his first official visit in October to North Carolina.

"They're a team on the rise – they're winning games," Meeks said of UNC, following his official visit to the campus. "They have a great coaching staff – Coach [Butch] Davis is a great coach.

"The players were cool. It was different being there, getting to be involved with them, [and] not just watching the game -- actually being able to talk to them. It was good."

Most recently, Meeks officially visited NC State.

"It went pretty good," Meeks said. "It was a great experience. They got a win over Wake [Forest]. I think it's a program with a good future, because they are playing a lot of young players."

Meeks hasn't scheduled any more official trips, but is considering Clemson, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee for his final three visits.

While he continues to play his recruitment close to the vest, Meeks says UNC is still very much in the running.

"It's a real good school," Meeks said. "I'd say in the future they're going to win the ACC. I like them."

Helping UNC's cause are two Tar Heel pledges, who are currently his teammates – A.J. Blue and Kevin Reddick.

"Just for the fact that we're growing tighter as friends," Meeks said regarding Blue and Reddick's effect on his recruitment. "We've grown close. It would be cool to continue that in college."

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