Meeks to visit Vandy

Quenton Meeks, who is originally from Tennessee, is coming back this week to visit Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver/defensive back out of San Diego's Del Norte High School told VandyMania.com that he feels the Commodore coaches are "extremely close" to extending an offer.

"I'm planning on being at Vanderbilt on Tuesday," Meeks said. "What first sparked my interest [in Vanderbilt] is my knowledge of Coach Derek Mason. He was recruiting me when he was at Stanford when he was the defensive coordinator there. The talks had died down, but in the last month they've really picked up. Vanderbilt continues to grow as a program. With the location and their academics being so high, I'm definitely interested in going to learn more."

Meeks said he's been to Nashville several times to take in Titans games. He was born in Knoxville and stayed there with his family until the third grade when they relocated to Atlanta. His family relocated again in his ninth grade year to his current hometown of San Diego. He holds offers from eight Pac-12 schools, but says he's not naming any favorites just yet.

"To be quite honest I will probably come out with my top six soon but I'm not sure which schools it will be," he said. "I went to Georgia this summer. They weren't really recruiting me that hard but I think I got them more interested by going down there. Vanderbilt is the main visit because I've been hearing so much from them lately. They like my versatility at punt return and playing offense and defense. Mainly, they just said they like my overall ability as a playmaker with my size and long arms. When Coach Mason was recruiting me at Stanford, he liked me for defense, but, obviously, he was the defense coordinator."

An All-League performer as a junior at Del Norte, Meeks had 475 receiving yards on 37 catches with nine touchdowns. At cornerback, he had two interceptions and eight pass breakups with 35 tackles. He also had four kick returns for touchdowns.

"The majority of my offers are on defense with the option of moving to offense," he explained. "I think I can easily make the transition to safety although I've played corner all throughout high school. With my size, my playmaking, and the fact I love to hit, I can see why people would consider me a safety. I'm willing to play anywhere. Coaches often mention my versatility, that I can do-it-all."

Although they finished just 5-6 a season ago, Meeks says that the Del Norte Nighthawks are going to "shock some people" this year. The school, just opened in 2009, is still growing and only has about 30 players on the football roster, many, like Meeks, who play on both sides of the football.


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