Center from TX gives WSU visit big thumbs up

IT BECAME EVIDENT on the o-line this season that WSU needs more ready-to-play depth by 2011. In addition to the continued development of the young guns, one way to bolster that depth, competition and starting five is through the junior college ranks – see David Gonzales and Wade Jacobson from the previous class. One of the official visitors this past weekend might well fit the bill for 2011.

Center prospect Taylor Meighen (6-3, 285) out of Kilgore College, about two hours east of Dallas, said Washington State felt like home this past weekend.

"There are a lot of good people there. Even though I was forever away from home, I didn't feel like I was forever away from home – I felt like I was at home," said Meighen.

The family atmosphere at WSU stood out to him, Meighen said.

"There are really a lot of good guys there, guys that will take care of you. The coaches are all straight forward, they tell you what's going on and don't beat around the bush. I liked them a lot," said Meighen.

And as for Cougar o-line coach Steve Morton?

"He's great. He's someone I definitely would want to play for," said Meighen.

Taylor Meighen 2010 video

MEIGHEN WILL take an official visit to Florida International this coming weekend and then will visit Rice. He has offers from both in addition to Washington State. His final decision could come as early as Dec. 15 when he signs as a mid-year transfer. The midyear signing period for junior college transfers runs from Dec. 15 – Jan. 15.

A full qualifier coming out of Kelly High in Beaumont, Texas, Meighen this past season was named first team SWJCFC All Conference in 2010. As a full qualifier, Meighen is eligible to enroll at a school in January and go through spring ball. He has 3-to-play-2.

"Washington State said they liked the way I finish and how I come off the ball," said Meighen, who added that WSU likes him at the center spot.

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