- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Three-star offensive tackle Kyle Meadows (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) walked into school Wednesday with news for his coach, Larry Cox.
“Kyle walked in today and said ‘I’m going to visit Oklahoma on Friday,’ ” Cox said.
Earlier this week, Cox spoke with Oklahoma offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle, and that really got the ball rolling in the Sooners’ pursuit of the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Meadows. The Oklahoma staff has tried to get in contact with Meadows for several weeks but could never hook up with the tackle, who is ranked No. 42 nationally.
Cox has sent several prospects to major BCS programs, including Alabama, over the last few years. Meadows has 15 offers including one from Florida State, but Kittle wanted to make sure Meadows is the caliber of player the Sooners are used to signing. Cox assured him Meadows is.
“He said, ‘We think he’s really good,’ and I said, ‘I think so, too,’ ” Cox said. “He said, ‘Can he play at our level?’ I said, ‘Pass blocking, he’s the best I ever had. He knows how to set his feet. He locks in his lower unit and he never gives up the inside.’ ”
It is that pass-blocking ability that makes Meadows an ideal fit for Oklahoma, Cox said. While Meadows needs to improve his upper body strength, which Cox said he will in time, he is the best at bending Cox has ever coached, saying Meadows can bend his rear to his ankles.
While Oklahoma has not offered Meadows and Cox has not discussed an offer with Kittle, he believes the Sooners aren’t just flying Meadows out to Norman to just shake hands.
“You’re not going to invest that kind of money if you don’t have something for the kid,” Cox said. “You’re not bringing a kid out just to get to know him.”
In a conversation Tuesday night, Meadows said he did not know when he would make his first official visit. Before setting up the Oklahoma visit, he was looking at setting up a date to visit the Mountaineers after his previous trip was canceled.
“I was going to visit West Virginia but put it off due to the hurricane,” Meadows said Tuesday, “so I don’t know when I’m going to do that visit now.”
Meadows said he is not sure which other schools are in the running but expects Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville or Marshall to be in play.
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