D-End Prospect Will be at Rose Bowl

Sam Meredith, the 6-5, 260-pound defensive end prospect from La Mesa (Calif.) Helix, has a chance to see two of his three favorite schools on the field at the same time at the Rose Bowl Saturday...

Sam Meredith, the 6-foot-4.5, 260-pound three-star defensive end from Helix High School in La Mesa, Calif., will be attending the UCLA/Stanford game unofficially on Sept. 11 at the Rose Bowl.

"UCLA invited me to go," Meredith said. "So I'll go see the game. I'm hoping it's good. Stanford has a good team. I really want to see how both teams run the ball and how the coaches are."

Meredith, ranked as the No. 59 tight end in the country by Scout.com, now favors UCLA, Stanford and BYU solidly over San Diego State. He says all four have offered him, "but my only written offer is from Stanford," he admitted.

"(UCLA defensive line) coach Todd Howard really likes me and said I've got the offer if I want it," he said. "He says I'd be a great asset for them and that's why he invited me to game.

"I like how coach Rick Neuheisel is looking to improve the program," Meredith said about the Bruins head coach. "They've been building up and I think they'll keep going."

He says that the school recruiting him the hardest is BYU and he plans on visiting the Cougars officially in October. "I don't have the exact date yet," he said.

"They've come by to visit me at my school a few times already and they're really trying to get me to set up my official," he said about BYU.

"I like that program a lot because I'm Mormon and I love the standards they've set," he said. "But it won't be that big of a factor because all of the schools said that I could go on my mission."

Although Stanford has offered him, Meredith knows he'll have to improve his SAT score to qualify academically for the Cardinal. "I got a 1480," he said about his three-part SAT score. "Stanford wants me to get over 1500."

He says he has not started the application process yet.

"Stanford has amazing personnel," he said. "They have some of the best coaches around. They run a great program and are always very positive and upbeat. They've very easy to get along with."

Meredith says the only game he was able to watch during opening weekend was San Diego State vs Nicholls State. "They have new coaches and they'll be building up," he said. "I think they'll be a strong team in the future."

He admits that he isn't being recruited by anyone else besides these four programs. Meredith does not have a time frame for making a decision.

"I'll be looking at the coaches and what school has the best program and best academics," he said.

La Mesa Helix opened their 2010 season with a 52-0 victory over Rancho Buena Vista High School. Meredith had 1 receiving touchdown and around three tackles. Next up for the Highlanders is Santa Fe Christian on Sept. 10.

Meredith reports a 3.0 core GPA and 1480 three-part SAT.

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