J.R. Tucker lineman Justin Meade (Photo:Andy Hilton/recruit804)
UVA-Wise fields commitment from Tucker OL Justin Meade
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
A little more than a month ago, Tucker OL Justin Meade thought he had a hold on his recruitment. Quincy University was the front runner in his recruiting process with visits to Culver-Stockton, Charleston, West Virginia State, Glenville State and Norfolk State left to factor in. However, a change in the guard happened over the weekend when Meade took a visit up to UVA-Wise. His visit came on the back half of his schedule and allowed UVA-Wise to pitch an incredible effort to sway a commitment out of the Tucker product.
Meade (2019 OL 6-2 280) took last night to sleep and ponder on everything that happened on his visit up to Carl Smith Stadium over the weekend. When he woke up, the decision to commit to the Cardinals arrived with more clarity than ever before which is why Meade announced his commitment to UVA-Wise on Monday morning.
“The visit was good,” Meade told recruit804. “It had everything I wanted in a program which is a good culture, a family and the campus facilities were amazing. What made me really commit was the players on the team. I’ve played with most of them and with me coming in as a freshman I feel already welcomed.”
UVA-Wise will be sort of a family reunion for the Tucker product. The Cardinals have spent a lot of time of the last few seasons tapping into the Central Region as a recruiting hub for both sides of the ball. We’ve seen prospects such as Marcus Tarrer (Tucker), Chris Thaxton (Highland Springs), Rob Jones (Highland Springs), Lamond/Shamond Fox (Hermitage) and Jaylen Barnes (Hermitage) among others buy into the culture of UVA-Wise in recent years. With Meade being the next prospect to commit, the goal is to make an impact as soon as possible.
“My goal is to start,” Meade stated. “They told me I have good chance at coming in to start as a freshman at center. It’s a position I started my sophomore year on varsity.”
While at UVA-Wise, Meade will gravitate towards a business-type major. His father owns a landscaping company and this will afford him the opportunity to expand on a foundation that was laid a very long time ago.
– Brandon Mitchell