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Jake Meador names top three

1/17/2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Three-star offensive lineman Jake Meador (Whiteland, Ind./Whiteland Community) officially visited Indiana and Florida this past weekend with his mom.

Meador first went to Indiana on Friday and Saturday before he traveled Sunday to Gainesville. He left early Tuesday morning.

Meador, who decommitted from Ole Miss before taking the visits, said he enjoyed his trip to Indiana.

“It went well,” Meador said. “I’ve been there several times because it’s 45 minutes from my house, but I haven‘t been there since the season ended. I just got a good feel for the players and the coaches and just re-established myself with them."

The Gators recently began recruiting Meador, but he said they were interested in him early on in the recruiting process.

“They said they were looking at me before I committed to Ole Miss,” Meador said of the Gators' coaches. “Since I pulled the trigger so early, they kind of put me to the wayside. Then they had a juco player commit, then he decommitted from them and went to Ole Miss, which gave Ole Miss two juco lineman commitments.

“So when I decommitted, Florida saw the distance between my home and Ole Miss and thought I might be interested in coming to Florida for a visit. So I visited. I had a great time down there. I got to hang out with Trip Thurman and eat with the coaches and just hang out with some of the guys.”

Meador said that Florida is now in his top three, along with Indiana and Missouri.

“... In no specific order,” Meador said. “Missouri has a very good coaching staff that is established and they aren’t going anywhere. With Indiana, it’s an up-and-coming, rising program. They have struggled a little bit but they have a new coaching staff and they made their changes and I believe they are up on the rise. Then Florida is just a top program, they compete for a national championship almost every year. The coaching staff is just a class act and they know what they are doing.”

Meador said he will announce his decision sometime before next weekend.