RECRUITING: Ohio TE set to visit Norman

Cincinnati, Ohio TE Zach Meagher names three early leaders and talks about his interest in Oklahoma.


Zach Meagher is what every college team in the country is looking for in a tight end. He has the size, strength and speed to be a great player both at the line of scrimmage and as a pass receiver.

Meagher broke into the starting lineup for two games as a sophomore and played enough to letter at tight end. He moved into the starting lineup on a full-time basis last year and finished the year with 17 catches for 378 yards and four touchdowns.

"Our coach won't let any of us play two-ways, so I just play on offense," said Meagher. "I am not really cautious about going after balls. I don't mind going over the middle and I am going after the rock. No matter where it is thrown I am going to go up and get it. I think I have pretty good hands and I love to hit, and I don't mind getting hit. I am a physical player and I like to play hard."

Meagher can bench 300 pounds, squats 500 and he has a 28-inch vertical jump. He started in hoops as a sophomore, but gave up the sport to concentrate on football.

Meagher has not gone to any camps thus far in his career, but he is going to Ohio State's camp on June 25. Meagher, who visited Louisville on Monday, will take an unofficial visit to Oklahoma this weekend.

"The Sooners are a great, great football program," said Meagher. "They are always in contention for the National Championship and they are a very good football program. I just wanted to get down there this weekend and get a feel for the place and get a feel for the area. I have never been there and I really don't know a lot about it, except they win a lot of games. I want to find out about their depth chart and see what they have going at tight end. I want to contribute early no matter where I go."

How was the trip to Louisville?

"I was impressed with Louisville and got to know the coaches. I got to see the dorms and some of their facilities. I learned more about their tight end situation and I got to watch some film with Coach (Bobby) Petrino. He showed me how they like to use the tight end."

Meagher has been offered by 12 to 13 schools at this point, but he has narrowed his choices down to a select few.

"I would say my top three would be Ohio State, Oklahoma and Louisville," said Meagher. "I am trying to get out and see all three of those schools and then I want to make a decision before the start of my senior year. I think I can do that some time this summer. They are all three good football programs and it is a good opportunity to play for programs like that. All three are great programs."

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