March 17, 2009

UCF first to offer talented O-lineman

Miami (Fla.) Westminster Christian offensive guard Perry Meiklejohn does not play at one of Miami's bigger programs. But the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder may be one of the city's biggest talents at offensive line. Recently, Meiklejohn picked up his first offer from UCF.

"It came March 5," Meiklejohn said. "I was excited first of all. I was happy and relieved that I got the first one and I'm just waiting for more so that I can sit down and make a decision."

Meiklejohn was able to take in the UCF campus for a recent junior day and came away impressed.

"I really liked it when I wnet up there for Junior Day," he said. "They have the nicest facilities anywhere bar-none. The coaches are great, especially the O-line coach, Coach Kelly. He seemed great and I could definitely see myself playing there."

Playing at a smaller program like Westminster Christian, Meiklejohn has to prove himself in other settings against top competition. Already, he was one of the top offensive linemen at a loaded National Underclassmen Combine in Miami and he hopes to put his skills to the test more throughout the spring.

"I'm going to the Nike Combine this weekend," he said. "And then two weekends after that I'm going to the Nike Camp. I plan on seeing Florida, UCF and FSU. I already visited Miami last weekend or two weekends ago."

With one offer already in hand, Meilklejohn has a few more schools that sound very interested.

"Florida, I've been talking to Florida a lot," he said. "Minnesota, I started talking to them on the phone and Tennessee too."

The interior linemen has very good athleticism for a 300-pounder and sees that as one of his biggest strengths.

"The strength of my game are my great feet and my aggressiveness," he said. "I get after people and I have great technique so it helps me more. I'm not the biggest guy but I do have speed and I'm getting stronger in the weight room."


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