GEOFF MEINKEN verbally committed to Washington State back in May but when Stanford offered this past…
Meinken Has Thinking To Do
Lynwood (Wash.) two-way prospect Geoff Meinken thought his recruitment was done when he committed to Washington State in May. But an offer from Stanford, that was a shock to him, changed things up a bit. "Stanford was up here playing the Huskies and they came to our game against Mariner to watch some other guys. Coach Anderson came to the game and then a couple of days later, I got a call from Coach (Jim) Harbaugh. They offered me and it came 100% out of the blue," said Meinken. Coming from a school like Stanford was what gave Meinken pause, as he couldn't just turn away from it. "If it was any other school in the country, I don't think I would have even considered it but their education is unparalleled and it's the complete package of a top education and athletic program," said Meinken. So this past weekend, Meinken took an official visit to Stanford, and the visit went better than he thought. "I had never been there before, and really, the first time I had heard from them was when they called and offered," said Meinken. "It was a great trip and I really enjoyed it. My host was David DeCastro from Bellevue. We talked a lot about Stanford and he said he liked it a lot. He said campus life was great and all the guys I met on the team are awesome and so are the facilities." Meinken also spent ample time with the Cardinal coaches. "Coach Drevno and Coach Anderson were who I met with and I also talked to Coach Harbaugh," said Meinken. "Right now, they're not really sure what side I'll play on. They're looking at me playing the 3-tech and it really just depends on how I grow. Coach Harbuagh was saying he wants me to play fullback but all the defensive guys want me as a defensive tackle." What struck the Cardinal coaching staff was Meinken's versatility, which makes their indecision understandable. "Coach Anderson said what really attracted them to me was my versatility and my ability to play everywhere, so I think it will help a lot wherever I go. I don't really care where I play, I just want to get on the field," said Meinken. Meinken completed his application for Stanford and is just waiting on the word back from them. "I should find out if I get accepted pretty soon," said Meinken. "And if I do get accepted, I think I would have to do more thinking about where I go." Academically, Meinken is in great shape, with a 3.45 and an 1810 on the SAT. He's also been in AP classes throughout high school, and scored high on his AP tests, with a 5 and two 4s. "I should be alright to get in so hopefully my application is good," said Meinken. Meinken said, though, that he's still committed to Washington State and this weekend he'll head out to Pullman for an official visit. "I really like Washington State, the campus is great and I'm going to take my visit this weekend to Washington State for Apple Cup," said Meinken. "After that, I have more thinking to do. I'm really looking forward to this weekend and seeing what Washington State is like. But it should be a great opportunity." Should he stick with the Cougars, Meinken said he's all but a lock to play on defense. "They're leaning heavily towards defensive end or defensive tackle or even linebacker," said Meinken. Meinken's football season came to a close two weeks ago and now he's getting right into shape for basketball. He earned all-WesCo honors on both sides of the ball, being named First Team on defense and second team on offense.
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