Alton Meeks talks Wake Forest offer

Alton Meeks just broke double digits in Division 1 offers after a strong showing at the summer camps and an equally noticeable junior season at Orlando's Boone High School. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker, who is also recruited by some colleges at quarterback, received his third ACC offer. One he was anxious to receive.

"I was at Wake Forest twice over the simmer," said Alton Meeks. "One was on an unofficial visit and the other one was for a camp. When I was there, the coaches told me they usually take longer to offer than other programs.

"Within the last week I spoke with Coach Elrod. He said he was extending a committable offer on behalf of Wake Forest at either quarterback or linebacker. He said they would take me at either [position].'

Tom Elrod, the quarterbacks coach, also recruits Meeks' area. Meeks has been making the rounds to college campuses this spring, and hopes to make it back it Winston-Salem in the near future.

"It's a small school that competes against much bigger schools in the ACC," Meeks said of Wake Forest. "They can hold their own with the best. They beat FSU last year. It is Wake Forest. It's a great school with an excellent football program. I'm hoping to make a trip this summer to both Wake Forest and N.C. State.

"My 10 offers are from FIU, UCF, USF, FSU, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Cincinnati, UConn, and Minnesota. I've been to Junior Days at FSU, Miami, UCF, and USF. Last week I went to spring practices at Vanderbilt and South Carolina."

It's unusual the starting quarterback in Florida's Class 8A would also play linebacker, but Meeks did coming in close to 20-percent of the time on defensive plays. He says what position the college offers will probably only play a small part in his final decision.

"It depends on the situation," Meeks stated. "You're getting a free education to play football. You can't beat that. I'd prefer to play quarterback, but if I really liked the school and they wanted me to play linebacker that would be fine."

Meeks plans to go back on the road again soon to see as many schools as possible before his team, the Braves, begins their spring practice on May 1st.

"I'm trying to go around to campuses to see what kind of people are involved in the program," Meeks said. "I like to talk with the players and get their take on playing for the university.

"I also like to get an overview of the team's offensive philosophy or defensive philosophy if they're recruiting me on that side of the ball.

"Most importantly is finding out more about the education being offered. All of that will factor into my decision, but I want to try to make it to all the schools first.

"I'm going to be heading up to Cincinnati to watch a practice this weekend. Then the following weekend I'm going to both Iowa State and Minnesota."

Meeks passed for more than 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns in his second season as a starter at Boone in 2011. They fell to eventual state champion, Plant, in the first round of the 8A playoffs.

Meeks is duel-enrolled at Boone and an Orlando junior college. He plans on graduating next December with 18 college credits already completed. He reports a 4.0 GPA.

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