Meadows joins WVU as preferred walk-on

WILLIAMSTOWN – Not necessarily the most glorified position on the football field, Nick Meadows takes great pride as a long-snapper.

Since receiving serious looks from major college programs last summer, Meadows made it official on Wednesday and became a preferred walk-on at West Virginia University.

Among those in attendance for the senior’s banner day inside Williamstown High School were his parents, Julie and Bob Meadows, along with members of the Yellowjacket coaching staff (head coach Terry Smith and assistants Scott Moore, Chris Beck and Ben Preston).

“This is a big day and a big step for my future,” Nick Meadows said.

At 6-foot and 216 pounds, Meadows started on the offensive line as a senior and doubled-up at linebacker on the defensive side of the ball for a Williamstown team which advanced to the postseason and finished 6-5 last fall.

“In the past two seasons, I don’t know if Nick had any bad snaps,” coach Smith said. “In his junior year, he might have had one snap sail on him.

“Nick is someone who leads by example. He was one of those guys who would grind it out all the time. He was always working and never slowed down. He just doesn’t take a day off.”

Prior to his senior season, Meadows attended several Kohl’s Professional Camps designed for snappers. An array of Division I schools showed interest in Meadows, including Ohio, Akron, Bowling Green and Pittsburgh. According to Meadows’ father, Pittsburgh remained a major player 24 hours before a final decision was made.

Out-of-state tuition seemed to be one deterrent against Pittsburgh and Ohio.

“WVU didn’t start contacting us until after the season started,” Bob Meadows said. “I think they realized they had a problem, and they needed to start looking for somebody.”

The Williamstown assistants, most notably Beck who worked with the long-snappers, figured Meadows had a special gift as early as his junior year. By the time his senior year rolled around, Meadows was basically exchanging ideas with the veterans on the coaching staff.

“Whether Nick wins the job or not, we will see,” Beck said. “But one thing is for sure, the other snappers will get better because Nick will be out there pushing them. They will see how hard Nick works.”

Meadows, who earned a 4.0 grade-point average in the most recent nine-week grading period, plans on pursuing a degree in nursing once he enrolls for summer classes in Morgantown. Currently, he serves as a member of the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department and is enrolled in an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) class at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

“I like helping other people,” Meadows said.