South Carolina is the first school to offer perhaps the state’s top tight end in the Class of 2012.
T.L. Hanna junior Justin Meredith is drawing interest from many of the elite programs in the nation, but the Gamecocks are the only schools that have pulled the trigger so far.
“He’s the total package – hands-wise, speed-wise and strength-wise,” Hanna coach Kenya Fouch said. “He’s a high-character kid from a military family. He’s an A student. Great kid.”
Meredith is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and has 4.5 speed. He is used as a traditional tight end, a slot receiver and an H-back for the Yellow Jackets, who are 2-3 this season. That kind of versatility and athleticism has created a recruiting buzz.
“Everybody calls,” Fouch said. “We’ve just got to get him out there more. But, yes, there will be more [offers].”
College recruiters may also visit Hanna to get a look at junior tailback Will Gay, who stands 5-10, 185 pounds. Described as a hard-nosed, fierce competitor by Fouch, he’s got the potential to be a tailback, receiver or defensive back at the next level.
“He’s just a great football player,” Fouch said. “He’s one of those kids that’s just comfortable everywhere.
“Some people have talked about him as a receiver in the [Former Clemson standout] Tyler Grisham-type mode. He can do that. He had 11 catches for us in one game. But he’s comfortable at tailback, and I think that’s probably where he fits best.”
Gay does not yet have any offers, but Kentucky, Wake Forest, Louisville, Nebraska are among the teams showing significant interest.
Despite stepping into the starting lineup for the first time this season, Greer linebacker Adam Ah Ching has already earned one scholarship offer. Others could be on their way.
The 6-foot, 205-pounder plays inside linebacker in Greer’s 3-4 scheme.
He holds a scholarship offer from BYU and other schools are showing interest.
“This is the first year he’s been a full-time starter for us,” Greer coach Will Young said. “He’s playing pretty well and getting better.
“[Coaches] like his physical approach to the game. He’s a very physical player and a really aggressive linebacker. That’s his best quality.”