Oklahoma Leads for California Star

Santa Ana, Calif., product Cameron Meredith now holds ten offers after picking up his latest from another BCS program that coincidentally beat one of his favorite programs in one of the greatest finishes in college football history this season. For Sooner fans that game was certainly a tough one to swallow, however in the battle for Meredith, Oklahoma is definitely ahead.

Cameron Meredith now holds scholarship offers from Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, San Diego State, Colorado, Nebraska, Boise State and Oklahoma. The 6-foot-4.5, 222-pound defensive end has been clear so far that Oregon, Oklahoma and Arizona lead for his services and he has already taken his fair share of visits to these schools.

"Right now my top three are Oregon, Oklahoma and Arizona, but Nebraska would be in the mix there too," Meredith said. "So far I've been able to visit Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Colorado and San Diego State and plan to make my decision before the season to get it out of the way if possible and then take my five official visits after that."

Meredith took his first trip to Oklahoma nearly a year ago, well before the Sooner coaching staff started to recruit him and was able to get a great feel for the atmosphere surrounding the Sooner program and what the school itself had to offer as well. We spoke with him about his experience on campus and how he feels about the coaching staff that he has been in contact with.

"My brother goes to Baylor, so when my family and I went to visit him last year my mother and I decided to make a stop at Oklahoma," Meredith explained. "This was before they really started recruiting me, but just walking around on my own and seeing everything there was nothing that I didn't like about Norman. It has a nice, small town feel to it and the campus was really nice. One of the most impressive things to me was how much the Oklahoma program meant to people in the area. I'm not just talking about Norman itself, but other surrounding places as well. Everything there revolves around Sooner football and when I was on campus I really felt comfortable and safe, I don't know, I just felt like I fit in there."

"While we were there I did get the opportunity to check out the stadium and football facilities and was really impressed," Meredith added. "I can remember seeing that there were suites in the football stadium and thinking how cool that was for a college stadium to have luxury suites. The facilities there were top-notch and they have a great strength and conditioning coach (Jerry Schmidt) who has trained four Heisman Trophy winners during his career from what I was told. The program itself is just so rich in tradition and it would really be an honor to be part of that Sooner legacy that people have worked so hard to build and maintain over the years."

Facilities, stadiums, weight rooms, locker rooms and many other things can always weigh heavily in a recruit's decision, however for Meredith it seems that relationships will be the factor that carries the most weight when decision day rolls around. Meredith talked to us about the relationships he has had a chance to forge so far within the Sooner program and how that will effect his recruiting going forward.

"Coach (Bob) Stoops is a really down to Earth guy and you can just tell that he is a good person, not just a good coach," Meredith stated. "That will play a big factor in my decision because you can always find good coaches, but I want someone who is a good person too. My mom loved Coach Stoops the second she met him, so Oklahoma is her first choice right now for me as well, but I think she'll be happy for me anywhere I end up going. She definitely knows her football and gets really into the recruiting aspect of things though."

"Coach (Chris) Wilson is a really nice guy too and you can just tell that he is very passionate about football," Meredith said. "He started recruiting me roughly a year ago, but when they offered me it came as a huge surprise. I didn't even know he was coming to my school one day and after he stopped by he sent me a text message to tell me that they would be sending me a written offer. I was just blown away by that and like I said, just very honored to be thought of as a player that could help build upon that Oklahoma tradition."

Meredith said that he would like to take an official visit to Oklahoma during the season, however he preferred to have his decision out of the way before his senior year. He does plan to narrow his list down to roughly five schools over the next few weeks and will go from there. He is about to go on vacation this weekend overseas and will hop into the recruiting chair upon his return.

"I am leaving tomorrow to go to Prague with my mom, sister and grandparents. My grandpa is pretty wealthy and travels the world, but he has never been to Prague and has always heard it's the most beautiful city in Europe, so he has been excited to go for a while. I am going to look into lining up visits for the summer when I get back next week and we'll just go from there."

As a junior at Mater Dei High School, Meredith registered 60 tackles and eight sacks earning first-team All-League and second-team All-County honors. He benches 310 pounds, squats 400 pounds and reports a core GPA of 2.7. He has already taken his SAT test, but will re-take it in October to improve his score.

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