Meares felt at home at West Point

Meares felt at home at West Point

Army has been raking in the commitments this month. One came from Julian Meares III of The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md. The Black Knights had only offered Meares, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound defensive end/outside linebacker, a couple of weeks ago after took defensive line MVP honors at their one-day camp in June.

"It must have been March or April when I first heard from Coach Bateman who recruits my area," Meares explained to ArmySports.com. "There were a lot of coaches who came by my school so I didn't think anything of it at the time other than just an average visit. I began following him on Twitter soon afterward and sent him a message that I would be attending camp and he seemed excited about it.

"When I was at camp that's when the interest [for Army] really started. I practiced at outside linebacker and did some one-on-one drills at defensive end. It was one of my best camps of the summer.

"The [Army] offer came on July 11th. Coach Bateman said they liked the fact they could put me at a lot of different positions. I think I'm going to start out at outside linebacker but they can move me inside or I can add 20 pounds to my frame and play the line. It really depends on how I grow.

"At the time I committed Army was my only offer. I felt like more were on the way but I didn't want to wait because I already knew where I wanted to play. The coaches at West Point made me feel like I was at home. They're great people who I feel would be the right group of coaches for anybody. I'm not quite sure where my love of the military came from, but I think military life will suit me. I like the discipline, the organization, and how well they handle themselves. The five year commitment after college may scare some people away but it was a great aspect of going to West Point for me. I like knowing I'll have a job waiting for me after five years of college."

Meares will be starting out at USMAPS in his first year. One more year of high school still awaits him. At Carroll, Meares plays defensive end. He has been named All-Harford County and All-Upper Chesapeake Bay Conference the past two seasons and was a 2nd team All-State selection as a junior. He knows even with a commitment already made, his work is just beginning.

"It is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders," he said on making a verbal commitment. "I know my job now is to keep going by bringing my stats up even more, bringing my grades up even more. And I know when I get [to West Point] it's not going to be easy."

Meares was named to the Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 for the coming season. His team, the Bobcats, finished 6-4 in 2013.

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