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Saturday, February 2, 2013
3-star WR changes plans, visiting Texas

By Max Olson

Texas hasn’t given up on its search for one more wide receiver for its 2013 class. On the final weekend of official visits, a three-star prospect is flying down to Austin to see what Texas has to offer.

After saying on Friday he was not interested, Montrel Meander (Amarillo, Texas/Palo Duro) changed his mind and told HornsNation in a text message that he’s boarding a plane to take an official visit to Texas on Saturday.

Texas didn’t enter the picture for the Washington State commit until Friday morning, when receiver coach Darrell Wyatt visited Palo Duro to inquire about Meander.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety is being recruited to play receiver, but Palo Duro coach Steve Parr said Meander hasn’t been offered a scholarship yet.

“We sat down and looked at some film,” Parr said Friday. “They had seen him on film and liked him. He just wanted to look at transcripts and stuff like that.”

Meander committed to Washington State on Jan. 20 along with teammate Charleston White, a three-star receiver. He’d previously taken official visits to UTSA, Colorado State and San Diego State.

Nearly all of those schools have recruited him as a safety. In addition to playing defensive back, Meander tried running back for the first time as a senior and rushed for 572 yards and eight touchdowns this fall.

“We’ve had a lot of people come by the past few days about him,” Parr said. “Baylor has called, and they’ve offered. There’s been a lot of activity the past couple of days.”

While Parr was impressed by the results of moving Meander to running back in 2012, he’s confident the three-sport athlete would have no trouble adjusting to receiver at the college level.

“I think he’s very, very good athlete. I think he’s got upside,” Parr said. “He ran a 21.46 last year at the state track meet as a junior. He’s been an all-district running back, all-district receiver and all-district safety. He’s been all over the field and can play everywhere.”

Texas already has verbal pledges from four-star wideouts Jake Oliver (Dallas/Jesuit) and Jacorey Warrick (Houston/Cypress Falls) and even has two early receiver pledges for its 2014 class, but adding one more to this class has long been a priority.

If Meander does receive an offer during his visit, his coach isn’t so sure he’d immediately say yes.

“I really think he liked his visit to Washington State and likes that school,” Parr said. “If he goes down tomorrow, it’s the allure of the University of Texas and being from Texas. I think everything is very, very solid with Washington State.”