Montgomery (Texas) had their best season in recent memory, losing only one regular season game and advancing to the fourth round of the Class 4A state playoffs. The Bears were one of the top running teams in the Houston area as their offensive line opened big holes for running back Leroy Dobbins.
One of the mainstays of that offensive line was Braden Meador. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound junior manned the tackle position for Montgomery. Recently, an in-state school took notice and gave him his first offer.
"I was offered by U of H," Meador said. "It happened Monday around four in the afternoon. I was emailing with the offensive lineman coach at U of H and I decided to give him a call. He just wanted to ask me some questions about the campus and how I liked everything and then he told me I had an offer. It's all verbal right now because they can't offer in writing until August."
Meador first appeared on Houston's radar a few weeks back when he made an unofficial visit to the campus.
"They invited me to a junior day," he said. "They had been sending me some mail too. I just went to the junior day, met the coaches and gave them some film."
In addition to the Cougars, Meador says he is receiving interest from a number of other programs as well.
"I'm hearing from Rice," he said. "Coach (Craig) Naivar, before he went to Texas State, we had been talking for a while. I'm not sure what's going to go on with Rice now that my area recruiter left.
"I've also been talking to (Texas) A&M some as well as Stanford. I just need to retake my tests and get my scores up a little bit for them. I'm going to (Texas) Tech for a junior day on Feb. 26."
Though it is still very early in the recruiting process for the big junior, he says a couple of schools stand out to him at the moment.
"I want to go to medical school and Rice has a great medical program," Meador said. "We played in their stadium in the playoffs against Friendswood and it was nice. The coaches are also really nice. I've always liked Rice and I've grown up wanting to go to Rice.
"My dad's a Texas A&M alum and my sister and a lot of my family went to A&M so that's a school I'm really high on as well."