Lubbock Coronado defensive end Devondric Meadows decided not play football last season. Instead, he focused on basketball.
But Meadows is back on the gridiron this year, and schools are taking notice. SMU defensive line coach Bert Hill stopped by a practice this week and was so impressed with Meadows' athleticism that he decided to extend an offer.
"I called Coach Hill after school, and he told me that they were offering me. I tried keep my composure because I was so excited," Meadows said. "He explained a few things about SMU and talked to my mom about setting up a visit for this summer. He told me I could tour the campus and everything. We were all just excited and shocked."
Meadows had not heard from SMU during the recruiting but had an idea that the Mustangs were interested after his high school coach let him know that Hill would be attending practice.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder said he tried his best to impress Hill and believes he showed him that he could be a versatile defensive lineman at the next level.
"Coach Hill said he really liked what he saw at practice. He said he really liked me as a defensive end, but I could also play nose," Meadows said. "We run a 3-4, and I've played both here so I would be comfortable in their defense."
Meadows will visit SMU next month. He hopes to learn more about the program but already has high interest.
"I'm definitely going to consider SMU. I want to major in business, and I know they have great school for that," he said. "I hadn't heard anything from SMU so I want to learn more. But I have family in Dallas, and I can't wait to visit."
Meadows does not currently hold any other offers but has received strong interest from Missouri, New Mexico and Texas Tech, which he visited for junior day earlier this spring.
"I want to get out of Lubbock, but Texas Tech was more than I expected. I really liked what they had to offer, and the coaching staff was really impressive," he said. "I think they might offer. My coaches said New Mexico was really close to offering too."
This offseason, Meadows has spent most of his time in the weight room as he prepares return to the football field.
"I really missed football. I've really been working hard in the weight room. I want to improve my bench, and I'm already power cleaning 50 more pounds," he said. "My coaches told me I can pick up more offers so I'm going to keep working hard."
SMU Offers Athletic Defensive Lineman
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