Ole Miss four-star commit checking out SMU

With the firing of Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt, four-star offensive lineman Jake Meador has re-opened his recruitment and is looking at SMU. He had a strong relationship with Nutt, but will wait to see who the school hires before he retracts his commitment. Meador is intrigued by SMU and will take an official visit in December.

Jake Meador, a four-star offensive tackle from Whiteland, Ind. (Whiteland), would be a big-time pick-up for SMU.

Meador has been committed to Ole Miss since this summer, but with the recent firing of head coach Houston Nutt, whom he had a solid relationship with, the 6-foot-7, 305-pound lineman is looking into other schools.

"I'm kinda still committed to Ole Miss, I got a solid verbal, but with everything that's going on, I've opened my recruitment back up," Meador said.

Meador admitted he really doesn't know too much about SMU, but he's talked a lot with Adrian Klemm throughout the recruiting process and is going to take an official visit on Dec. 2.

"I never really got to check [SMU] out," Meador said. "I'm kind of interested and want to check it out. I've talked to coach Klemm a lot and know they're interested and need me as a tackle."

Between now and that first weekend in December, Meador plans on taking official visits to Missouri and Indiana.

Meador is not new to this whole recruitment process as he has two older brothers that play college football. One plays for Cincinnati. If SMU joins the Big East, Meador would be able to play against his brother.

"It would be really cool to play against each other," he said.

Meador was very close to Nutt, but said that he will keep his commitment and wait to see who Ole Miss hires and if that coach wants to honor his scholarship offer.

He loves Ole Miss and Oxford and said one of his favorite things about school is the small college-town feel it has.

"The school has to feel like home," said Meador, who doesn't care about being close to his home in Indiana as long as the university he attends makes him feel like he is.

With the opportunity to attend an SEC or Big 10 school, Meador said that playing for a BCS program really doesn't matter much to him.

"It's all about which school feels right to me and which system I feel most comfortable in," he said.

Meador also mentioned the importance of a fan base and seeing how the college students support the football program.

As far as where SMU stands with the other schools, Meador is going to give it an honest chance. He said he could "no doubt" see himself fitting into the Run and Shoot. He also said that being a part of a program on the rise is appealing.

"It would be cool to make a name for myself at a school and put the school on the map nationally," he said.

Meador doesn't know anyone at SMU and said that before Klemm contacted him, the only time he'd ever heard about the school was "the big scandal in the 80s."

The Mustangs only have a about three or so spots to fill in their 2012 class. They want offensive linemen to make up all or at least the majority of those spots. Meador would add a great amount of size and athleticism to the line.

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