March 2, 2011

Meador impressed with Tech

Montgomery (Texas) offensive tackle Braden Meador made the lengthy drive from north Houston to Lubbock over the weekend to attend Texas Tech's junior day, and the 2012 prospect came away impressed with his first close-up view of the program.

"We got there and had a chance to go down and look at the academic center first. Academics are huge part of what I'm looking for in a college so I was really impressed with that," Meador said. "Then we toured the facilities and had a chance to talk with the strength and conditioning coach. We got to look at all of their equipment, which was all Under Armour, so that was really cool too."

"We also got to check out their scrimmage which was a blast. I got to meet some of the offensive lineman and they were all really nice. I also go to meet with Coach Matt Moore and Coach Neal Brown. Coach Moore told me he would be down in the spring to watch me practice, so we'll see what happens moving forward."

It was the first meeting between Meador and Matt Moore. Up to this point Meador has mostly been in contact with assistant coach Tommy Mainord.

"Coach Tommy Mainord has been the guy recruiting me. He's such a nice guy, just making sure everything is always alright with me. We talked several times during my drive to Lubbock to make sure everything was going okay. The entire coaching staff really seemed to be genuine guys."

"It was the first time I had gotten to meet Coach Moore face-to-face. We had talked some previously on Facebook, but never in person," he said. "Most of the guys I got to meet that worked with the offensive line were just country boys, so I liked that a lot. They were easy to get along with."

The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder said that Tech is recruiting him the hardest right now. He's tentatively planning on visiting SMU and TCU during spring break, and although he'd like to make a decision before his senior season, he's aware that it may take much longer to narrow down his options.

"It would really be ideal to wrap up my recruitment before my senior season so I wouldn't have to stress out about it while I'm playing," he said. "I'm not banking on that happening, though. It might take a while to make a decision so I'm prepared for it to drag out a little longer."

While Meador wasn't sure what Tech had to offer before his visit, the junior day seems to have strengthened the relationship between the two.

"Tech kind of came out of the blue and I really hadn't thought of them as a serious option until this trip. I got a chance to see Lubbock and the facilities, and I had a chance to meet a lot of people involved with their program," Meador said. "I was really impressed with all of it and I have a really good relationship with the coaches at Tech right now, so I'm excited to see where it goes from here."

Meador currently holds an offer from Houston, and has been shown interest by Alabama, Rice, Stanford, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and TCU.

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