Meador Talks About Notre Dame Visit

Junior Jake Meador from Whiteland Community High School (Ind.) is already one of the top linemen in Indiana and he was at Notre Dame last weekend on an unofficial visit. Although it was his first trip to South Bend, it wasn't the first time he met the Notre Dame staff.

Notre Dame hasn't closed the books on their 2011 recruiting class yet, but they're already laying the groundwork for the 2012 class. The Irish staff has been inviting top juniors to campus and offensive lineman Jake Meador (6-foot-6, 290-pounds) took them up on their offer last weekend, when the Irish faced Tulsa.

"They just started sending me letters the past few weeks," Meador said. "I finally went up to a game this past weekend with my dad.

"It was good. I didn't know much before I went up there. I really liked the campus. I really liked how all the supporters stayed with their team and a lot of people came out for the came even though they don't have a very good record."

While the Notre Dame experience was new to Jake, the Notre Dame coaching staff was a little more familiar.

"We talked to coach Elston, coach Warinner, and coach Hinton." Meador explained. "My brother (Mitch) goes to Cincinnati. He's a red-shirt defensive end. A lot of the coaches that are up at Notre Dame know my brother, so they probably know about me that way."

Watching Cincinnati in the past, Jake probably isn't used to seeing a Brian Kelly team struggle like the Irish are this season. Despite those struggles, Meador is confident Kelly will get Notre Dame turned around.

"It's a new scheme that coach Kelly is putting in," he said "Once he gets the players that he recruits and everyone starts to click with his offense and new defensive scheme, they'll be a pretty tough team."

Meador holds a scholarship offer from Kentucky, but is also hearing from several top schools like Wisconsin, Indiana, Clemson, Oregon, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Purdue.

"I really just want to make a decision in the spring, but I plan on making more (unofficial) visits," he said. "I have two brothers that play college football, my brother at Cincinnati and my other brother is red-shirt junior at Hillsdale College (Mich.). My parents want to go see them as much as possible, so we have to work around their schedule."

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