According to several sources, including Ruben Meza of Rivals/Yahoo, Montrel Meander is the newest member of the Class of 2013. There were three kids who gave their verbal commitments to Mike Leach this past weekend, but we'll spread these out a bit.
As you might remember, Meander was one of at least 13 kids visiting the Palouse last weekend, along with teammate Charleston White, who also committed. Meander is a consensus 3-star safety from Amarillo, Texas who held offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Houston, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, Texas Tech, Texas State, UTSA, and Tulsa. Scout lists him at 6'3, 190. I'd like to see him get up to over 200 pounds, though. His frame suggests that shouldn't be a problem.
Those are his junior highlights, but you can watch his senior tape on his Hudl page.
I like him as a developmental project. He's very quick and plays a good centerfield. He's basically the opposite of Tyree Toomer in that aspect. The last few years we've been in such dire straights that every recruit has basically been a need. Now we're in a position where we can take a kid with raw athleticism and let him properly develop in the system without rushing him onto the field. I like Meander quite a bit, and think he'll be a good player down the road.
Perhaps just as important is we're keeping a presence in Texas. This isn't the Florida pipeline many thought we had a few years ago, this is legitimate. Eric Morris left for Texas Tech, but with the hiring of Dave Yost, we keep a presence in Texas and the midwest.
Welcome to the fold, Montrel, and Go Cougs.
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