Meinken has 'great' crimson experience

GEOFF MEINKEN verbally committed to Washington State back in the spring but also took an official visit to Stanford this month. This past weekend, he officially tripped to Wazzu. The defensive line prospect talks in detail about his crimson experience, compares the WSU and Stanford visits, if he still considers himself committed to Washington State, where he goes from here and more.

DE/DT Geoff Meinken, (6-4, 250, 4.62)   
Lynnwood, WA; Lynnwood High

Gut reaction:
"It was great. It was a really fun time. The game was awesome. There was nothing more I could have asked for," said Meinken.

How how did you leave things with the WSU coaches:
"I'm still committed to Washington State," Meinken said.

"Nothing has changed really except for the fact that I'm looking at Stanford. I'm still committed and (WSU is) where I want to go to school. I like it there. I can't close the door on the Stanford (offer yet) so..," said Meinken.

Comparing Washington State visit to Stanford visit:
"They were both good visits. Obviously, Washington State, they won the game. That was pretty exciting, pretty cool. They're both beautiful campuses in their own way -- in terms of that one of them is 80 degrees and sunny and the other one is just a really fun atmosphere, where everyone just loves football," said Meinken.

Mom's take:
"My dad couldn't make it because my brother was sick so he stayed home to take care of him but my mom went...she liked it a lot. She thought it was a great experience. She thinks it's a great school, a great atmosphere," said Meinken.

Meinken said in looking forward and comparing different academic scenarios, he likes that Stanford offers a program where someone can graduate in five years with an undergraduate and graduate degree. "If I'm just planning on getting a bachelor's then it really doesn't make that much of a difference. And Washington State has a bunch of good schools. I found out what I needed to know. I sat down with some professors, the academics side. You know, Washington State is a good school. The bottom line is I've just got to sit down with my family and my coach and talk about it and see what's best for me as a person, and the academics will play a role in that," said Meinken.

His Apple Cup experience, and rushing the field when the Cougs won:
"I did go down (on the field) after the game and that was pretty cool. (laughs) Everyone was running around all crazy," said Meinken.

Player host Adam Coerper:
"He was a great guy, very cool. He was fun, really informative on how life is on campus and how it is as a football player," said Meinken.

Next up:
Meinken said the Stanford coaches are coming to his first home basketball game when Lynnwood takes on Mt. Lake Terrace on Sat, Dec. 6. A date for an in-home visit from Washington State has not yet been finalized.

Final thought:
"I should know soon, (probably) the next couple weeks," said Meinken.

Once a verbal commitment schedules an official visit date or takes an official visit to another school, changes their classification from "verbal" to "soft verbal".

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