New Yale commit cancels SMU trip

About this time last week, Braden Meador (Montgomery, Texas) was gearing up for an official visit to SMU. The three-star offensive tackle, since then, has committed to Yale and on Friday, he confirmed that he has canceled his trip to University Park, Texas, to visit Mustang country.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound lineman chose the Bulldogs over offers from Air Force, UTEP, Tulane, Holy Cross and fellow Ivy League schools Columbia and Dartmouth.

“Apart from the high level of education,” Meador said of choosing Yale, “I have a chance for early playing time. I felt like I fit in with all the guys.”

Meador, who became Yale’s ninth commitment, visited the campus this past weekend. Despite having to overcome a snowstorm, Meador said the visit had everything he was looking for.

“It snowed about a half foot and made the campus tour interesting for a Texas boy,” Meador said. “Having said that, the campus is pretty awesome. Coach [Tony] Reno told me that they wanted me pretty bad and that I would have a chance to be a three- or four-year starter based on what I could get accomplished between now and the season. The support from the faculty and deans was also pretty apparent during the visit.”