- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Cincinnati has an affinity for quarterbacks from the state of Florida. The Bearcats snagged their third quarterback from the state in the last two recruiting cycles when they received a verbal commitment from Orlando (Fla.) Boone quarterback Alton Meeks last weekend.
Cincinnati signed Florida quarterback prospects Bennie Coney (Plant City/Plant City) and Trenton Norvell (Daytona Beach/Seabreeze) in the Class of 2012. Despite the depth chart, Meeks will be ready when his number is called.
"I know I'm going to redshirt as a freshman and be ready to compete for a role after my redshirt season," Meeks said. "There will always be competition and good players at your position so when that time comes, let the best man win."
Meeks threw for more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. However the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect struggled with his accuracy (13 interceptions) and admits he has room to improve.
"I can say that there are players that can pass better than me and others that can run better than me," Meeks said. "However, I don't believe many quarterbacks have the dual-threat capabilities I do. I am not afraid to make the play that keeps the drive going. If I have to plunge into the line and get tough yards, I will do it."
Meeks said he also liked UCF, Wake Forest, Duke, Minnesota and Vanderbilt during the recruiting process but he felt like the atmosphere at Cincinnati suited him best.
"Every place you go is going to have nice facilities and a nice weight room, so for me it was all about the people," Meeks added. "Everyone I came across treated me well and the guys on the team were the type of guys I would want to play with at the next level."
Baker not ready yet
Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna defensive back Adrian Baker was expected to make his announcement Wednesday and choose between Florida State, LSU and Florida. However, the 6-1, 165-pound prospect is going to hold off.
"I decided to push it back because schools are continuing to contact me," Baker said. "I'm just going to wait for now.
Baker has no timetable in place for when he will make his decision. West Virginia, Louisville, Nebraska, NC State and Oklahoma are among the other schools that have offered Baker.
"I've talked to Auburn recently and I know they are pretty interested," Baker added. "I might take some official visits in the fall and just hold off."
Green waiting for UGA offer
Under Armour All-American athlete Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete Catholic) was visited Wednesday by Georgia, but an offer might not come until the weekend according to Green's father, Vader Green.
"Georgia stopped by [yesterday] but they might wait until Friday or Monday so coach [Mark] Richt can personally extend the offer," Vader Green said.
Mississippi State offers Wilkerson
Defensive back Reggie Wilkerson (Citra, Fla./North Marion) was visited and offered by Mississippi State on Wednesday. The Georgia commit has been a target of several programs this spring but remains committed to the Bulldogs.
"FSU and Marshall stopped by the day before too," Wilkerson said. "Everyone is talking to me but they know that I'm pretty happy with Georgia right now."
Five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) has been visited by Georgia, UConn, Cincinnati and Notre Dame in the past two days.
Miami offered Lake Wales (Fla.) defensive lineman Bobby Leath.
Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay wide receiver Alex Montgomery received an offer from NC State on Wednesday.
Class of 2014 defensive lineman Travonte Valentine (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside) has received offers from Miami, Marshall, Louisville, West Virginia and Florida in the past week.
Defensive back Jeremiah Green (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) received an offer from Bowling Green earlier in the week.
Class of 2014 linebacker Frank Newman (Miami/Southridge) received offers from Florida State and South Florida on Wednesday.