RECRUITING

Notre Dame offer extends busy November for 2015 S Nate Meadors

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Nate Meadors was waiting for big-time offers to start coming his way, but his options were limited midway through his season.

That changed in November. In the final weeks of his senior campaign, Meadors received offers from Washington State, UCLA and Colorado. Then just days after his season came to a close in a 38-33 loss to Riverside (Calif.) Poly, Notre Dame added its name to the list.

Irish outside linebackers coach Bob Elliott, who recruits in California, reached out to extend an offer to play safety at Notre Dame.

"It was really exciting,” Meadors said. “Knowing how Notre Dame is such a prestigious school with all their tradition, I was really excited and proud. I'm grateful for the acknowledgement from such a great university."

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound Meadors just finished his season playing quarterback and a little bit of defensive back for San Gorgonio in San Bernardino, Calif. The next challenge will be figuring out how to divide his attention to the new schools recruiting him.

Meadors likely isn’t done receiving offers. Texas A&M, Nebraska and Oregon State have also turned up the interest in recent weeks. The NCAA recruiting dead period from mid-December to mid-January will limit his opportunities to visit schools, but Meadors is already sorting through the options.

A planned visit to Washington on Dec. 12 has been pushed to January in order to visit Notre Dame for its big recruiting weekend. Meadors visited Boise State on Nov. 15 and knows UCLA will get his final official visit. That leaves one more official visit available for a fifth school. It’s a good problem to have. UPDATE: Meadors will visit California on Dec. 12. A visit to Notre Dame won't happen before January.

“I've been waiting. I thought it was going to come a little sooner,” Meadors said of the increased attention from schools. “I can't be mad about that. At least they came in. I worked hard this offseason, and I think I've earned it. I'm happy with the results right now."

Meadors produced plenty as a dual-threat quarterback this past season. He completed 97 of his 166 passes for 1,481 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 1,971 yards and 26 touchdowns. But his future play will likely come in a college secondary. Some schools have recruited him as a corner and others like him at safety. He played seven games this season as a defensive back and recorded 32 tackles, four pass breakups and one interception returned for a touchdown.

The safety position has been one of Notre Dame’s top priorities in the past couple months. Elliott was joined by defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks for a school visit earlier this week.

"They've seen how athletic and useful I can be on the field,” Meadors said. “They like my cover skills and my physical ability to make a tackle. Once they saw my grades, they were very satisfied. It all just meshed together pretty well."

247Sports slates Meadors as a three-star prospect and the No. 53 athlete in the 2015 class. Rivals gave him the same star rating, but does not list him in any position rankings. With his recruitment starting to get serious two months before signing day, Meadors will begin weighing the schools against each other.

His projected position won’t play a major role in a commitment decision. Finding a way to get on the field would be enough for Meadors. He will find out how Notre Dame stacks up against his other options soon.

"Besides academics, probably the way I feel around that university is what will be the biggest factor,” Meadors said. “Playing time is important too."

Below are senior highlights of Meadors, via Hudl.

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A recent offer should result in a Notre Dame visit for 2015 safety Nate Meadors. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)