Meador Makes His Choice

Meador Makes His Choice

Three-star Whiteland (Ind.) Community HS offensive lineman Jake Meador selects the Big Ten on the morning of national signing day.

MADISON – After a pair of four-star offensive linemen decided to decommit from Wisconsin, the Badgers coaching staff finally got a verbal switch to go their way.

In an announcement at Whiteland (Ind.) Community HS, Jake Meador signed his letter of intent to play for the Badgers, picking Wisconsin over Missouri and Florida – his other two finalists.

"I'm very excited about the potential he brings our offensive line," UW coach Bret Bielema said. "He's a young man that had been through quite a bit in the recruiting process."

The 6-6, 300-pound three-star offensive tackle was a one-time commit to Ole Miss, but opened up his recruitment in early November when it was announced Houston Nutt would not return to Oxford next season.

As a result of the coaching change, Nutt's long-time offensive line coach Mike Markuson was hired by UW coach Bret Bielema to replace long-time offensive line coach Bob Bostad in mid-January, and the Badgers extended an offer to Meador soon after.

"We got involved with him in the last couple weeks," said Bielema. What I like is he was headed to Florida or Missouri but he had an opportunity to come here, spent time with our coaches and our kids, be around our environment and our program. (He) became a Badger overnight."

Meador visited Missouri unofficially in early November and on an official visit Dec.10, took an official visit to Florida Jan.15 and an official to Wisconsin last weekend. He is rated the No.67 in the country by

Meador joins fellow signees Dan Voltz (already enrolled at UW) and Walker Williams as scholarship offensive linemen in the Badgers' 2012 class. is on site and will bring exclusive coverage from Meador

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