Verbal Commitment: Vincent Meeks

BlueGoldNews.com talked with Rockwall (TX) head coach Mark Elam about running back Vincent Meeks, who made a verbal commitment to the Mountaineers on Wednesday.

"Vincent's strongest asset is his warrior mentality," says Elam of his star running back. "He broke his arm in the first game of our season, yet finished out the game."

The break, which caused Meeks (5-11, 185, 4.4) to miss two games, didn't hold him down. He displayed his toughness by running for more than 1600 yards and 21 TDs this season in only eight contests. The break is not expected to have any lasting effects.

"The orthopedist put a plate in, and he said it should be a case where the arm is actually stronger than it was before the break," noted Elam.

Meeks' senior performance came on the heels of a junior year where he totalled more than 1700 yards and 23 scores.

"He came back from the break and averaged more than 230 yards per game," said Elam. "He's just a tough, hard-nosed player who gains a lot of his yardage between the tackles. He can use both strength and speed to get by defenders."

With numbers like those (he also had a game where he toted the ball 38 times for 324 yards and 3 TDs in a 24-16 win), Meeks figures to get a look in the backfield for WVU. However, carrying the ball wasn't the only talent he displayed for the YellowJackets.

"Vincent played free safety for us, and also returned both punts and kickoffs," noted Elam. "He also catches the ball well."

While Meeks didn't see many passes in Rockwall's run oriented offense, his coach thinks that he could be a good receiver too.

"We lined him up wide once in a while, but mostly we threw screen and flat passes to him. He did a good job with those."

These multiple talents, of course, are exactly what the Mountaineer staff is looking for in this years class, as players will be asked to plug a number of holes on both offense and defense. WVU assistant coach Todd Graham got a look at those talents during the Texas high school season last year, as his Allen team narrowly defeated Rockwall to advance to the playoffs.

"Vincent scored 28 points, but it wasn't quite enough," Elam recalled. "We didn't have quite enough help for him, but I'm sure that's where Coach Graham first noticed him.

Meeks, who currently checks in at around 185 pounds, should easily get up to the 200 mark in WVU's strength program. Meeks appears to be in good shape academically, and will be taking the SAT again soon. He visited WVU on September 7.

Other schools showing interest included Texas A&M. Oklahoms, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Souther Methodist, Kentucky, Illinois, Indian and Arkansas.


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