Highly-sought defensive end is high on Doba

A MUCH-SOUGHT defensive end prospect out of Santa Ana, Calif., visited Washington State this spring. He's a ways away from a decision or even from narrowing down his numerous offers to a list of favorites. But it's apparent the Washington State coaching staff -- and in particular the head coach -- made a favorable impression.

Cameron Meredith (6-4.5, 222, 4.66) racked up 60 tackles and eight sacks for Mater Dei High his junior season. Eight schools have liked his blend of quickness, speed, athleticism and motor enough to offer. He visited Pullman last month for the Cougs' final spring session and Bill Doba, said Meredith, made an impression.

"I actually liked it a lot," said Meredith. "It was smaller but if you go to college there, you're going to have a lot of things to do through the college. The head coach there was a guy I really liked a lot. I liked him as a person, and he just gave you an old school feeling. He's a real football coach."

Meredith spent time talking with Toby Turpin who is from the same area as Meredith, and also mentioned recruiting area coach George Yarno and defensive line coach Marty Long as two of the other Cougar coaches he felt a connection with.

In addition to Washington State, Meredith holds offers from Oregon, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon State, San Diego State and Arizona. Meredith said he's always liked the Big 12 and Pac 10, but he also isn't leaning towards any one school and remains open to all suitors.

"I don't have any favorites right now -- I'm going to take my time, check them out and do my research," said Meredith. "In May, they get that one phone call and I've gotten a call from Washington State, Oregon and (I called) Colorado. (Coaches) say I run really well and never give up."

MEREDITH SAID he enjoyed his visit last summer to Oklahoma and likes the tradition both the Sooners and Nebraska have to offer. He's unofficialy visited USC and UCLA, and Oregon, Colorado and Oregon State also hold an allure.

"Colorado, I thought it was the nicest campus I've ever seen, I really liked the area," said Meredith. "I really liked the (Oregon) coaches and I liked how their practice was run. He doesn't go under, he doesn't go over, he goes exactly two hours. (Oregon State) I talked to the offensive line coach there. Ahmed Mokhtar went to our school and he was telling me I should check it out so (this summer) I might go down there."

Meredith, who stopped in at Oregon and Washington on the same Northwest swing as when he visited Washington State, said distance will likely not be a consideration. Meredith isn't planning on a full schedule of camps and combines this summer although the USC camp is a possibility because of it's proximity, he said.

Ultimately, his decision will come down to people, said Meredith.

"Most important is the coaches, and the players also," said Meredith. "Also having a lot to do with it will be the area. I could go to a small town or a big city and it wouldn't really matter as long as I like the surroundings."

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