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It's a ‘San Diego sweep for Stanford’

02/04/2015, 8:30pm PST
By John Maffei

Del Norte defender is last of four local recruits to join Cardinal football program

In addition to cornerback, Quenton Meeks also played receiver for Del Norte.

Stanford scored a huge football recruiting coup in San Diego when Del Norte cornerback Quenton Meeks donned a Cardinal cap and put on the black glasses with a piece of white tape on the bridge of the nose Wednesday afternoon at the high school.

“Welcome to ‘Nerd Nation,’ ” Meeks said after he signed his national letter of intent.

Meeks, a first-team all-county player, joined Santa Fe Christian kicker Jake Bailey, St. Augustine cornerback Frank Buncom IV and Cathedral Catholic linebacker Casey Toohill in signing with Stanford.

Buncom and Toohill joined Meeks on the first-team defense.

Bailey was the San Diego Section Kicker of the Year.

At Oceanside, section Offensive Player of the Year Josh Bernard signed with Weber State, Amadeo West signed with Army and Jordan Miller with Washington as expected.

But offensive linemen Cedric Bigge-Duren and Christian Cronk, who had made light commitments to Hawaii, instead chose different paths.

Bigge-Duren signed with Washington State and Cronk with Utah State.

Oceanside receiver Johnny Arzola has an offer from Dixie State, but didn’t sign. Defensive end Tommy Woo, who had offseason shoulder surgery, appears headed to junior college at Arizona Western in Yuma.

At Mission Hills, defensive back DeChaun Holiday signed with UCLA as expected and receiver Martrel Holmes signed with Weber State.

“Casey and Jake committed to Stanford early, and they were on Frank and myself hard to join them,” Meeks said. “They talked to me. Frank committed last week, and he reached out.

“This makes it a San Diego sweep for Stanford.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Meeks had 26 tackles and an interception as a corner in 2014. He also set a school record with 32 catches for 635 yards and scored five TDs.

“A degree from Stanford means so much,” said Meeks, who carries a 3.4 GPA and plans to major in mechanical engineering. “Sure, I’d like to play in the NFL, but only 1 percent of college players make it.

“And those who make it only average three years in the league. So you’ve got to have something else.”

Meeks should know about the NFL. His father, Ron, spent 20 years as a coach in the NFL, including as defensive coordinator of the 2007 Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts.

Ron Meeks has coached some of the greats in the game, including Deion Sanders, Bob Sanders and Aeneas Williams.

“Quenton has a huge football IQ,” said Ron Meeks, who was at Del Norte for signing day. “He has always shown he’s willing to listen.”

Meeks’ mother lives in Atlanta and is suffering from lupus and couldn’t make the trip.

Quenton asked San Diegans to participate in the local “Walk to End Lupus Now” in May to support his mother.

Meeks chose Stanford over Cal and Vanderbilt, saying Vanderbilt’s backers were especially vocal in their desire to have him in Nashville.

In addition to Meeks, Del Norte tight end Montrice Johns signed with New Mexico State, choosing the Aggies over Sacramento State, San Jose State, Villanova and Maryland.

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