May 10, 2002

SMU starts campaign with first recruit

Things are starting to roll at SMU.

The Mustangs have landed their first recruiting commitment for the class of 2003.

The pledge comes from Ricky Joe Meeks, the quarterback at Mount Vernon, who is the son of Mount Vernon coach Dickey Meeks.

"Ricky Joe committed at their (SMU's) spring game," the elder Meeks said.

"That was his first offer, it was really one of three he was interested in. Ole Miss he was very interested in, and he had a lot of contact with Alabama."

Meeks says his son is excited about his future as a Pony in part because of the enthusiasm new coach Phil Bennett and staff have brought to the program.

"The new coaching staff is really upbeat and they have a lot of things going for them. Ricky Joe can't get a better education anywhere, and the type of offense they are implementing up there is the same we run here."

"I think it was a whole lot of things. It just fit very well," he said.

While SMU recruited Meeks as a quarterback, he completed 104 of 191 attempts for six touchdowns and 1,717 yards as a junior, Meeks also brings some other assets to the table.

He's also an all-state punter, averaging 40.7 yards per punt and eight punts were downed inside the 20 a year ago.

Meeks is also a scratch golfer and will be given the opportunity to play that sport for the Mustangs as well.

Meeks, a right-hander, is 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and has a 4.0 GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT. is your source for: College Football | Football Recruiting | College Basketball | Basketball Recruiting | College Baseball | High School | College Merchandise
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