But like the old adage goes, the hardest offer to get is the first, the easiest is the second, Meeks saw first hand how true that was.
Once Meeks got his first offer, from UCLA, the floodgates opened and now he’s in double digits.
“I tried to stay as patient as possible, then I started getting a little impatient because I thought I had done well at camps and 7v7, but then I realized just staying patient was better and they would come in,” said Meeks.
After the Bruins first offered, he added offers from a number of Pac-12 schools (he’s picked up eight from the conference), another from an in-state Mountain West program as well as an ACC school.
And he may not be done.
“I heard from Purdue this week and Nevada has been reaching out. Vanderbilt and Georgia have also been talking to me a lot so I’m hopefully going to get some SEC offers soon. I’m still pretty wide open and hopefully my offers continue to grow,” said Meeks.
Meeks has only been in California for a couple of years, moving out West when his father, longtime NFL defensive coordinator Ron Meeks, was hired by the Chargers. His heart is in the South, but he’s warming up to the West Coast.
“I’m not basing my decision on location but more on comfort,” said Meeks. “I grew up watching the SEC so I’m interested in them, but I like it out here. I just want to be wherever my family wants me to be. It’s nice to be out here.”
Meeks said several positions are being discussed with him for the next level.
“Mostly everybody is recruiting me on the defensive side of the ball, either corner or safety, but it’s mostly been for corner,” said Meeks. “Oregon State has expressed some interest in me as a receiver, as well as Washington State, Washington and San Jose State, but it’s mostly been for defense. I feel like I’m a better receiver, but I think I can make an impact more on the defensive side of the ball. Wherever I can make an impact, though, I’m ready.”
As for which spot in the secondary, Meeks is open to any.
“There are a lot of 6-2 safeties, but not a lot of 6-2 corners, so they look at my size and think I fit better there, but I’m open to any position,” said Meeks.
Meeks camped with Stanford, San Jose State, UCLA and USC during the summer.
“I learned a lot at the camps and they were fun. I did really well at the Stanford camp, working with those coaches. I did the San Jose State camp in San Diego and it was good. I went up to the UCLA camp and worked with Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin), and learned a lot from him. I did the USC camp last and didn’t do as well as I should have. So if they offer me, it will be probably at the end of the season because I don’t think I did enough to impress them then.”
Meeks said four Pac-12 schools are recruiting him the hardest.
“I would probably say Stanford, UCLA, Cal and Washington State are recruiting me the hardest,” said Meeks. “Coach Meat is recruiting me at UCLA and I talked with Coach (Jim) Mora at their camp. Coach (Duane) Akina and Coach (Lance) Anderson are recruiting me at Stanford and I’ve talked with Coach (David) Shaw. At Cal, it’s Coach (Greg) Burns and Coach (Sonny) Dykes. At Washington State, Coach (Paul) Volero is recruiting me.”
Meeks plans to trim his list in the coming weeks as he heads into his senior season.
“I haven’t really made a list, but I probably will before the season and narrow it down so I don’t have to deal with coaches contacting me during the season of schools I’m not that interested in,” said Meeks.
After Meeks narrows his list, he’ll start setting up some official visits.
“I might not take all five visits, it depends on how I feel about it,” said Meeks. “If I’m ready to commit after 1-2 trips, then I will. I’ll take all the visits I need to.”
Meeks said that he’s also planning to get started on the Stanford application as soon as he can.
“Once my counselor gets back to school, we’ll get together and talk about what all I need to do, but I want to get on it, because I’ve heard it takes a long time,” said Meeks.