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Vols flip tight end Meredith from North Carolina

Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:07 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's getting late in the recruiting process and with last-minute pitches and visits, several recruits are starting to flip their pledge from one school to another. Anderson (S.C.) tight end Justin Meredith became the latest, changing his commitment from North Carolina to Tennessee over the weekend.

"It just felt right in my heart," Meredith told

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound pass catcher had been committed to the Tar Heels for months but was keeping his options open with a new head coach coming in and possible NCAA sanctions. Meredith held scholarship offers from schools such as Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame and others but just felt comfortable with the people in Knoxville.

"Just the coaching staff (at UT), and it felt like home. It just didn't feel right in my heart (at UNC anymore), and Tennessee felt right," he said.

Meredith is the only tight end in the Vols class of 2012 and 21st overall commitment. The early enrollee is ranked 4th at his position by MaxPreps.

"Justin runs great routes, catches everything within reach, is a tremendous lead blocker, and can split out and even play WR," analyst Tom Lemming said. "A hybrid in high school who will wind up playing TE in college. When I watched Justin on film I was impressed with his lightning quick reactions, and his ability to quickly avoid traffic, find the open space, catch the ball, and immediately turn up field."
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