October 30, 2008

Meinken wants to make the right choice

Geoff Meinken, from Lynnwood, Wash., committed to Washington State last June but will take an official visit to Stanford on November 14 after receiving an unexpected offer from Stanford.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder mailed in his Stanford common application this week and is looking forward to his visit to the campus in Palo Alto.

When asked why he would visit Stanford being committed to the Cougars, Meinken cited the academic reputation of Stanford.

"The chance for a Stanford education is just one I can't pass up, it is something I really want," Meinken. "I committed to Washington State and I consider myself a man of my word but I want to go and check Stanford out.

"I am thinking I am going to look at both schools and choose from there. I see them on consecutive weeks, I go to Stanford on the 14th and WSU on the 21st. I am going to see them back to back and make a choice that as to what team is right for me."

Despite having a father that is a Cal-Berkeley grad and growing up a Bears fan, it should come down to the Cougars and the Cardinal. Meinken has no other official visits planned.

If Meinken does play for the Cardinal he could find himself in a tug-of-war over where he will play.

"Coach Harbaugh wanted to see me at running back, coach Drevno wanted me to play tight end, coach Anderson wanted me to play d-tackle, coach Durkin wants me to play defensive end, and coach Buh wants me to play linebacker. I really don't know where I would wind up if I go to Stanford," Meinken laughed.

"It's pretty cool" to have all the coaches interested in his game he said.

Meinken is impressed with the Cardinal staff. "The coaches are all really good guys who are trying to turn the program around. They are really smart, honest people who seem like they would be great people to play for," he said.

Meinken's team is winless on the year and he admitted it's been a drain physically and mentally. The 20 man squad lost 49-0 when the Stanford coaches watched him play earlier this year when they traveled to Seattle to play the University of Washington.

"For him to offer me a scholarship and getting beat like that is just an incredible honor. I was just speechless," Meinken said.

The Stanford coaches must have quickly liked what they saw from the Washington prep standout.

"They came for the UW game and coach Anderson came and watched me play," Meinken said. "He called me the next day when they were warming up in Husky Stadium, and said they liked what they saw. And they heard I was a good student and that I was important to them.

And then on Monday, I sent them a highlight tape from my junior year (Meinken junior highlight tape) in an email and a few hours later coach Harbaugh called and offered me a scholarship."

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