UCLA Trips in DB Chris Meadows

One of the surprise official visitors this weekend was Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union defensive back <b>Chris Meadows</b>. Meadows is also getting looks from other Pac-10 schools, but is in a bit of a waiting game to see where he goes to school...

Chris Meadows, 5-11, 190, Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union, took an official visit to UCLA this weekend, despite the Bruins not having offered him a scholarship to date.

"It was a great trip," Meadows said. "They really treated me well."

UCLA told Meadows that they're waiting on a few other defensive back prospects before they'd be able to offer him. "They said it depends on other guys, and their grades. They said they'd know by the middle of January."

Meadows, who had 1,500 all-purpose yards of offense and 80 tackles and 4 interceptions on defense this season for Redondo, does have scholarship offers from Montana and Idaho State. He said he's also getting serious interest from Washington, California, Arizona, Colorado State and Boise State.

"I've already visited Colorado State," Meadows said. "I have a visit for Washington planned on January 9th and one for Cal on the 16th." Meadows said that neither Washington nor Cal have made any kind of indications whether they'd offer the defensive back either.

UCLA has been keeping an eye on Meadows for a while, and then UCLA assistant coach Don Johnson started picking up his recruitment of Meadows this season. "They came down to the school, so I knew they were starting to get more serious," Meadows said.

The intensified interest, along with the official visit, has pushed UCLA to the top of Meadows' favorite list, along with the other two Pac-10 schools he'll visit. "Right now, I like UCLA, Washington and Cal the best. I really don't have a favorite among those."

When asked if he had a favorite school growing up, he said, "UCLA." He said his parents had no preference for what school he chooses to attend.

With a 3.6 GPA and an 1150 SAT, Meadows said he has an alternative plan if none of the Pac-10 schools offer him. "If UCLA, Washington or Cal don't offer me, I'll go Ivy League. Either to Pennsylvania or Dartmouth." Interestingly, Stanford isn't recruiting Meadows.

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