Irish latest to enter mix for 2015 athlete

Athlete Nathan Meadors of San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio explains how Notre Dame fits in his recruiting landscape after adding an offer from the Irish on Wednesday.

Notre Dame is still on the hunt to add at least one more defensive back to its 2015 recruiting haul, and on Wednesday, the Irish offered one of the hottest prospects on the recruiting trail, three-star safety Nathan Meadors of San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio.

"I had been talking with them these past couple of weeks, but I didn't think that I was going to get offered," Meadors said. "My coach told me to give them a call this morning, and they said that I was being offered."

"It's awesome," Meadors added. "Notre Dame has such great tradition, and they're not only one of the best schools in the country, but in the entire world. I definitely want to get out there for a visit."

Irish assistant Bob Elliott informed Meadors that Notre Dame projects him on defense at the next level.

"Coach Elliott says he sees me primarily as a defensive back," Meadors said. "That's where most schools are recruiting me, though some see me as an athlete."

Up until his senior season, Meadors played strong safety and wide receiver for San Gorgonio. However, this year he started at quarterback and played some free safety (games one through three).

"Quarterback was something that was brand new to me," Meadors said. "It was a great experience, and it definitely expanded my game both offensively and defensively."

On the season, Meadors was 89-for-150 passing for 1,407 yards and 18 touchdowns. He rushed 122 times for 1,746 yards and another 25 scores, and he’s recorded 30 tackles, one pick, four passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on defense.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound athlete has picked up recent offers from Boise State, California, UCLA, Washington and Washington State in addition to Notre Dame. He has no imminent plans to announce a commitment, though he does have a leader.

"I want to sit down and plan out my visits first," Meadors said. "I don't want to wait until signing day to commit, but if that's what it leads to, then that's fine. UCLA is probably (my leader). I grew up liking the schools in California. I was a USC fan, too."

Despite his childhood allegiance to the Bruins and Trojans, Meadors maintains that location won't play a factor in his college decision.

"I'll go wherever," Meadors said. "I'll go wherever I'm most attracted to and wherever I feel most comfortable. I want to feel connected to the team and the staff, and I'm basically looking for a second home."

Meadors visited Boise State last weekend on an official visit, and he'll visit Washington on an official the weekend of Dec. 12. Before he heads to see the Huskies though, he'll get a chance to see Notre Dame play in person.

"USC invited me to the game this weekend on an unofficial visit, so I'll get to see Notre Dame up close and personal, too," Meadors said. "I'm pretty excited about it. I've watched a few of their games this season, and they've been nail-bitters."

Meadors will also learn more about the Irish on Monday, when Notre Dame assistants Brian VanGorder, Bob Elliott and Kerry Cooks are expected to pay the safety a visit.

Meadors is ranked as a three-star safety in the class of 2015 by Scout. Top Stories