If you're a high school football fan here in South Carolina you know that the Byrnes Rebels are arguably the state's most revered football program over the past decade. Even fans outside of the state know about the Rebels program. That tradition continues this season as they are still nationally ranked despite losing a heartbreaker to rivals Gaffney a few weeks back. We caught up with one of their big time prospects, junior wide receiver Shaedon Meadors recently for an update. He's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
The wide receiver position at Byrnes has been one of great prominence over the past few recruiting cycles. Names like Ricco Sanders, Jomar Wright, Nick Jones, Torian Richardson, Freddie Brown, and Jazz King are some of the players who have played D1 football for the Rebels in recent years. Junior prospect Shaedon Meadors is starting to create some buzz for himself with his play this season and is hoping for an opportunity to take his game to the college level as well one day.
The 6'2 175 pound prospect talked with us about his sophomore season and where things stand currently for him this year as a junior.
"Last year as a sophomore I had 4 catches for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns."
The 2014 prospect has upped the ante this year and seen his stock rise along with his numbers.
"So far I've got 32 catches for 692 yards and 10 touchdowns."
Meadors added a pair of touchdowns against Dorman last Friday showing his propensity to make big plays for the Rebels.
It was one of his biggest games of the season but he says another game earlier this year may have been his best because of where his family is from and the rivalry that was renewed.
"I would have to say the game against Woodruff was my best. I had 3 catches for 78 yards and 1 touchdown. It was memorable because a lot of my family is from there and it has been a long time since Byrnes has played Woodruff."
Asked to discuss the strengths of his game Meadors had this to say, "I have great hands. I think my route running is something I take a lot of pride in as well. The coaches have worked hard with me to become a better route runner. I think my best strength is the ability to stretch the field. I have several catches over 25 yards so far this season."
Right now he averages over 21+ yards per catch on the season and schools are starting to take notice of his abilities.
He's visited a some regional schools already too he informed us.
"I've visited Clemson. The fans are great. They may have the best fans in the country. The coaching staff is top notch. They have always treated me like family too."
"I've also been to visit Georgia. Their facilities are state of the art!"
There are plenty other schools who Meadors says he'd love to hear more from in the near future.
"I'd like to hear more from Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Clemson, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Arizona, Florida, East Carolina, Auburn, and Florida State."
With the Rebels record at 9-1 on the season what is Meadors hoping to accomplish with his team and also on a personal level down the stretch?
"We just want to continue to play at a high level and bring home a 12th state title. On a personal level I'd love to break the 1,000 yards receiving yard mark but most of all I just want for my team to win another state title."
Having won a state championship last year with the Rebels the 2014 prospect is a winner through and through but he also is a winner in the classroom where he is amongst his classes' top students.
"I have a 4.437 overall GPA, I'm not sure of my core GPA right now. I will be taking the SAT this fall after football for the first time."
Meadors says he's contemplating majoring in either criminal justice or political science once he gets to college. He also talked about the factors that will be the most important for him when selecting a college.
"Education is always at the top of the list as that will be the key to my future. Of course their style of play will have an impact on the school as well as the coaching staff, I want to make sure I surround myself with positive role models."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Shaedon Meadors as his stock is quickly rising with college football recruiters given his size, speed, hands, big play ability, and academic prowess in the classroom.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...SHAEDON MEADORS
Bench press: 215 pounds
Squat: 325 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.5 seconds
A CLOSER LOOK...SHAEDON MEADORS
Favorite food: Cajun Filet Biscuit from Bojangle's
Favorite movie: Courageous
Favorite actor: Will Smith
Favorite subject in school: Social Studies
Favorite video game: NCAA 13
Dream school: Harvard
Dream date would be with: Meagan Good
Favorite football player: DeAndre Hopkins
One thing about you that most people would be surprised to know: "I eat all the time."