Pittsburg, Kan., quarterback Kerry Meier has watched the recruiting process up close and personal for several years. Several years ago, Meier’s older brother Shad chose Kansas State as his college choice. Then three years ago, another brother, Dylan, chose K-State as his college choice. Today, the 6-foot-2, 203-pound signal caller made his college choice and he too is staying in-state to play his college football.
“Kerry has chosen to attend Kansas,” Pittsburg coach Merle Clark said. “He just felt like it was the best situation for him to go that route.
“Kerry had a lot of good choices to pick from. There were a lot of solid programs that were interested in him. He looked at a lot of things, including academics. That was a big factor. The job that Coach (Mark) Mangino has done since he came on board impressed Kerry. Kerry also felt like the offense they run at KU would be a good fit for him. He can run the ball and he can throw it. He also can throw it on the run. I think he will fit quite well in the scheme they run offensively.”
Meier took just two official visits during the recruiting process, a Sept. 17 trip to College Station, Texas when Texas A&M hosted Clemson and a Dec. 3 trip to Lawrence, Kan., where he saw first hand the Jayhawk program. He had trimmed his list to a final four schools during the football season to the two schools he visited along with Kansas State and Tulsa.
“It would be speculation on my part to say that he didn’t want to follow his brother and make his own name,” Clark said. “He never said that was a factor to me. I don’t know that that was a part of the decision. He has been to K-State many times and he has a lot of respect for the university and what Coach (Bill) Snyder has done. He felt like it was a good fit for him all the way around at Kansas and that was the deciding factor.”
Meier was named honorable mention class 5A quarterback by the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital-Journal after throwing for 924 yards and nine touchdowns in addition to running for 634 yards and nine scores. Meier played the final five games of the season with a turf toe injury that limited his play on defense and special teams, but did not keep him out of action as quarterback for Pittsburg.
“Kerry played in some pain,” Clark said. “He missed some practice time with the injury, but he played through the pain to help give us the best chance to win games. He couldn’t kick or punt because it was his left big toe, and he couldn’t plant. But he never wanted out as the quarterback.”