Meeks calls Vandy visit "simply amazing"

This past weekend, Quenton Meeks took his second official visit to Vanderbilt. Following his trip, the three-star San Diego (Calif.) Del Norte cornerback spoke with VandyMania.

It was the annual in-state rivalry game between visiting Tennessee and host Vanderbilt with alumni and fans coming from all of the country. Two prized recruits, Quenton Meeks and Frank Buncom IV, made the trek from San Diego to soak up the SEC atmosphere. Meeks was taking an official visit, his second of the season, and discussed what happened with VandyMania.com.

"On the visit, I saw everything I needed to see,” said the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Meeks. “I loved the game day atmosphere although I saw more Tennessee fans than Vanderbilt fans. I really enjoyed myself. It was an amazing experience and a great SEC environment. I've been to a couple of Pac-12 games this season and they didn't match the passion of the SEC fans. The players were telling me when they go on the road it's even crazier. I love it.

"Coach Mason was telling me about his plans for the program. He said that it' a pretty young program and it's been a real struggle for him in the beginning stages. He's not used to all of the losing, but is focused on the challenge of getting things turned around. He said he wants to bring in players who are ready to win now and have the team ready for a great season in 2015. He'd like me to come be a part of that.

"It was also nice to chat with Coach Maxie who was sharing his schemes and coaching philosophies with me. It's crazy how knowledgeable he is about the game and coaching secondaries. I know I could learn so much from him as my position coach. Coach Mason, the players, everybody I spoke to had nothing but great things to say about Coach Maxie.

"I call Nashville a smaller version of Atlanta. There are a lot of similarities between the two but Nashville has a flavor of it's own. I had been to Knoxville, but Nashville's nothing like Knoxville. It's a place I could definitely call home for four years.

"What was fun, and probably my favorite part of the trip, was hanging out with Emmanuel Smith and Tre Tarpley on Saturday night after the game. They're roommates and were player-hosts to for Frank Buncom and myself. We had a lot of fun together. I felt like I was a student there that night.

"The trip reassured me of the good feeling I had about Vanderbilt from the beginning. It's offer great academic and you'll leave with a prestigious degree but the losing this season started to worry me. I'm not going to lie. After being around Coach Mason, his staff, and the players, I think the program is heading in the right direction. I left reminded of why I was so high on Vanderbilt when they offered. It's a real possibility for me."

Meeks made a previous official to Cal the weekend of their game with UCLA on Oct. 18th. He said he'd like to take his remaining three if he can fit them in.

"I'd like to make my commitment by mid-January so I'll have some time to enjoy it," he said. "I went to Cal earlier in the fall. I'm going to Arizona State and Stanford for sure on official visits and probably take my last one to Washington. Then I'll be ready to tell everybody where I'm going."

In his senior season, Meeks said quarterbacks avoided his side of the field and only had one pick on the season, but had 635 receiving yards and five touchdowns on the season for the 5-6 Del Norte Nighthawks. He was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in early January held at Orlando's Citrus Bowl.

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