Over the years, it really hasn’t matter where Shiloh lines up Antonio Meeks. Earlier in his high school career, the 2021 recruit played both safety and linebacker on defense while also being a receiver, but in 2020, Meeks’ roles have expanded. Now, Meeks has the football is in his hands on every snap at quarterback, and just last week he led his team to the biggest win of the year in an OT thriller against Lanier.
The chips were down at halftime with Shiloh trailing 14-0 to the favored Longhorns, but Meeks willed his team forward and made several long runs that propelled his team forward. The first play was an offensive explosion that went for 85 yards and blew the lid off the Lanier defense. Running an option, Meek sold the mesh well and then strung the play out to the right. The defense was bearing down, so Meeks did a fake-pitch to his teammate, and that threw off 3 Lanier defenders, then the senior hit the jets blowing by the rest of the defense.
Unfortunately, the play was called back, but the penalty had no impact on the individual play of Meeks, who also had another 70-yard touchdown called back as well where he had the entire defense on skates. Both plays considering were elite, and justifiably could have been the #1 plays of the week. Regardless, the 2021 recruit made big runs throughout the night and had a couple of touchdowns including the game-winner in overtime from one-yard out.
No doubt about it, Meeks is getting more comfortable at being the top offensive playmaker at Shiloh. Versatility has always been the name of the game for Meeks, but we were definitely surprised to learn that he was now playing QB in the latter half of the 2020 season. We asked if he thought going back into this fall that he would serve so many different roles for the Generals.
“Yes and no. Coming into the season, I knew I was going to play safety and wide receiver, but being a true athlete, that put me in a position where I was able to be utilized for everything except for o-line or the d-line.” Meeks continued, “I can honestly say I enjoy playing wherever I’m needed. Playing at QB these past couple of games has put me in a position to make bigger plays!”
It’s been an up and down season for Shiloh, who has played one of the toughest schedules in all 6-A.
“This season has been a bit of a turnaround from last year for different reasons. We lost some games that we should’ve won but overall the program has definitely taken steps forward since my freshman year.”
Meeks went on to talk about the steps the program has made. “Making it to the playoffs was a huge accomplishment and we plan on doing it again this year,” he said.
Last week’s win sets up the biggest matchup of the season this Friday against Habersham Central where both team’s playoff hopes are on the line. The winner will earn a spot to compete in the 6-A playoffs, and the loser starts their offseason.
From an individual level, Meeks feels like this season has been great.
“As for me personally? Amazing! I feel like my stock has risen on so many levels. I have become a better player both physically and mentally and not to mention I’ve excelled in every position.”
Meeks definitely has a very good feel for the game and is just a natural athlete you can plug into so many spots. The former basketball player turn football star is starting to look at home running with the football, and we are definitely impressed with how he is using his blocks and the patience he shows. On the defensive end, the 6’2″ 195 lbs. Meeks has immense upside as a strong safety at the next level due to his physicality and excellent field vision. When Meeks gets a beat on the play, he takes excellent pursuit angles and hits with authority.
“My greatest strength is that I feel that I have the highest IQ on the field at all times. I feel like I can set up and utilize blockers and my vision allows me to do so. I also feel as captain I know how to lead my team by example not only on the field but off the field as well, and that’s very important to me,” Meeks said.
We are still on the fence where Meeks fits best at the next level, and we view him as one of the true FBS caliber athletes still uncommitted in the state of Georgia. This season, he has currently put up 376 yards rushing, caught 10 passes for 151 yards, and also thrown for 167 yards completing 9 out of 11 passes. On defense, Meeks has 27 tackles and 2 interceptions to go along with a few negative plays.
The senior is open to playing pretty much anywhere on the field, and his greatest interests lie in how fits in with his future university.
“No decision has been made yet but I am looking for a college that will be the best fit for me and has a strong program. A place where I can earn a degree but overall somewhere to call home.”
Meeks is receiving strong interest from a multitude of teams and during the course of his recruitment, he has received 12 D1 offers. He does not have a decision date just yet in place, but the senior is certainly positioned nicely in terms of recruiting. We think some more schools will jump into the picture over the next few months here, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to see the latest recruiting news and highlights of Meeks and the rest of the players across the state of Georgia.
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