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Meeks talks Cincinnati commitment

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Orlando (Fla.) Boone three-star dual-threat quarterback Alton Meeks had more than a dozen offers to contemplate, but said the decision was an easy one to select the Cincinnati Bearcats.
"I committed last night," Meeks said. "I talked to Coach (Butch) Jones."
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound signal-caller talked about the timing of his decision, which comes in the midst of spring practice.
"Everyone is committing a lot earlier and such, so there wasn't really anymore reason for me to wait," Meeks said. "I felt like I was in a good place to make my decision and I felt like Cincinnati was a good place for me to go to."
Meeks says the decision was an easy one after a visit earlier this year to check out the Bearcats.
"I guess I have known ever since I went up there," Meeks said. "The things that caught my attention was that I really liked the offense. Also, every school is going to have a nice weight room and nice facilities, but I really liked their facilities. I also really liked the people up there, all of the coaches and the players. The program is going the right direction with good people involved."
Another reason why the Big East program stood out to Meeks is that he will be under center there, and not pursuing the quarterback.
"I will be a quarterback there," Meeks said. "That factored in a lot. I want to go play somewhere that the coaches believe I can play and be a good player at. They believe in me as a quarterback. I think Cincinnati really believes I can be a great player. Linebacker is great and everything, but I am a quarterback, that is what I want to do."
Meeks, who took a number of unofficial visits to schools before making his decision, said that he hasn't completely shut the door on additional trips.
"I am not too sure right now," Meeks said of taking trips. "I feel like this (Cincinnati) is the right place for me though."
As a junior, Meeks was 85-for-185 for 1,273 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
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