OT Meador balancing eight offers

Three-star offensive tackle Braden Meador (Montgomery, Texas) has several options as signing day draws near. With offers from eight schools, Meador is in the process of narrowing his choices and choosing the school that best fits him, athletically and academically speaking.

Meador, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle, has offers from Houston, Air Force, Tulane and UTEP, as well as offers from Ivy League schools Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale. Meador also gets regular contact from TCU, Missouri, Louisiana Tech, and Oklahoma State. He said he’s only taken one official to Columbia, which occurred before the Christmas break.

“I have been invited to UTEP, Missouri, Harvard and Yale so far,” Meador said. “I have taken two unofficial visits to Texas Tech, SMU and TCU this past fall.”

Meador has broken down pros and cons for all of the schools he’s interested in. He said Air Force is an excellent opportunity for a student-athlete, but he is uncertain of pursuing the military lifestyle. Tulane is a good school, but five of the 10 commits in the 2012 recruiting class are offensive linemen. Houston intrigues Meador, but he was eyeing the program when Kevin Sumlin was coaching.

Meador is keeping an eye on UTEP and seeing what El Paso, Texas. has to offer. While he likes head coach Mike Price, offensive line coach Bob Connelly recently has left to join Todd Graham at Arizona State. Columbia has a new staff, but head coach Pete Mangurian has NFL coaching experience and is looking to turn the program around.

“If I go Ivy [League], I like Columbia right now,” Meador said. “New York is awesome. I look forward to seeing Harvard and Yale, for obvious reasons, if my schedule will allow. With the Ivy League schools, there are huge financial implications, though.”

Meador was a unanimous all-district selection and a second-team all-greater Houston area selection as a senior. Meador also was an all-academic district selection.