RECRUITING: Meet the state's top prospect

Tulsa Washington athlete is a two-sport phenom. But how interested is he in Oklahoma?


Without question Robert Meachum is the state's top prospect for the class of 2003 and will be the number one player on the Sooners' recruiting board. With three receivers graduating next year, signing receivers will be priority for the Sooners. I had a chance to talk with him a few minutes tonight about his new found fame.

JH: Are people around Tulsa happy about your state basketball title?

"They are, but we deserved the title. It was a very good feeling, because we have been there the last two years and have come away with the state title. I really can't explain it, but it feels great accomplishing something that we have worked hard for, for a long time."

JH: You are not only a great football player, but you are an excellent basketball player as well. Do you want to try to play both sports in college?

"Yes sir. I would like to play basketball as well in college. I am going to ask teams if I can play both sports. If they don't want to consider that I understand, but at least I am going to ask."

JH: What did you average in basketball last season?

"I averaged 12.1 points per game in basketball."

JH: Are you a pure wide receiver?

"I played the wingback a lot and I ran the ball as much as I caught it. I also had some great kick returns last year. I don't know my statistics, but I know they were pretty good."

JH: What do you think about being the top player in the state and quite possibility the top wide receiver in the country?

"When I was a little kid that was my dream, to be the number one player in the country. I will continue to work hard and try to do my best so I can live up to that kind of ranking."

JH: Will you play wide receiver in college?

"I'd like to play receiver in college, but I will play anywhere the coach wants me to play. I will do whatever it takes to get on the playing field."

JH: Do you have a favorite college at the moment?

"When I was little I loved Florida and I still love Florida. I love OU. I like Kansas State and I love Miami. However, Miami and Florida already have a number of receivers so I probably won't get the opportunity to go there. Oklahoma is a very good team and they have the type of program that can help me to go the pros someday. I know I can get a good education at Oklahoma as well."

JH: OU will graduate several wide receivers next year; do you want to go to a school where you can play early?

"Yes sir I will. I want to go to a school where I can play as a freshman."

JH: Have you thought about recruiting that much at this point?

"No, I haven't really thought about recruiting that much. I have heard that it's going to be a hard decision and I will have trouble making a decision, but I am looking forward to it."

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