Waiting Game

Whiteland, Ind., offensive lineman Jake Meador recently added an offer from Florida, yet another development in the ever-changing recruitment of the longtime Ole Miss commitment.

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Meador is very much a soft commitment heading into the final month prior to National Signing Day the first Wednesday in February.

But Ole Miss remains in the picture. Meador was close with the previous Ole Miss coaching staff. He's hoping to build a similar relationship with the new staff, headed by Hugh Freeze, formerly of Arkansas State.

"Right now, I just kind of want to see if there could be late offers, like Florida," Meador said. "I've taken two officials, and I'm going to take two more to Indiana and Ole Miss. I've got that last one hanging. It could be Florida in the long run. We'll see."

Meador has already visited Missouri and SMU. His fifth official visit is still up for grabs, though Meador admitted he'll likely set up a visit to Florida for a weekend in January. Florida offered Meador, a three-star prospect, on Christmas Eve.

"Not a whole lot," Meador said, when asked what he knows about Florida. "That's the first time I heard from them. They called me on Christmas Eve, gave me that offer. They said they ran across my film and they liked it, and they wanted to offer me. They think I can help them out."

Again, though, he's still committed to Ole Miss, if only for the time being. Ole Miss replaced offensive line coach Mike Markuson with Matt Luke. Meador, rated the No. 68 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, had a great relationship with Markuson.

Meador recently received a phone call from Luke. Luke was a four-year letterman at center for the Rebels in the 90s.

"I've been talking to them a lot. I'm ready to get face to face and meet them. We'll see how it goes," Meador said. "I talked to (Luke) on the phone. He seems like a good guy. He cares about Ole Miss. You know, that's where he went. He thinks they can turn around the program, and feels like they're heading in the right direction."

Meador said he'll likely make a final decision following his five official visits. The 6-foot-7, 305-pound Meador starred for Whiteland Community High School last season.

"Hopefully after my five officials, I'll know," he said. "I'm just looking for an awesome place that I feel comfortable in the football team and going to school there for the next four or five years.

"Ole Miss, there's nothing they really need to do. It's all about a me kind of thing and me feeling comfortable with their staff. I already enjoy the campus; it's beautiful. Me, I want to see how I feel, if I can get that same relationship I had with the old staff with the new one."

Meador holds offers from a number schools, including Ole Miss, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, SMU and Vanderbilt. Meador described himself has a "hard worker" who loves the game and is "excited to play."

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