March 9, 2016

Meckle excited for college FB

By Jarann Johnson
Weston Meckle dreamed about playing college football as an elementary student, but went through rough patches of grass during high school. Center-Stanton never advanced to the state tournament or posted a winning record.
Despite lacking team wins, Meckle accomplished his goal of playing college football by impressing the  University of Mary coaching staff and many others. Meckle felt the fit with U-Mary was right and decided to play his college football in Bismarck.
Four other schools were recruiting Meckle. Three of the schools were near the eastern North Dakota border: Minnesota Crookston, Jamestown, and Concordia Moorhead.
The only other western North Dakota college to recruit Meckle was Dickinson State. Meckle said each coaching staff praised his dedication and passion for the game, but also liked his athleticism.
For Meckle the choice to pick U-Mary was easy because of the school’s proximity to his home and also the strong community feel he got.
Meckle started to gain a feel for U-Mary’s football culture and community last year at a football camp. Meckle met other recruits and got a better feel for the coaching staff during the camp. Meckle talked about his experience at the camp.
“We went in their film rooms and watched their film. We learned the defense, how they would play in a real game, and how they set it up in practice. We went from there and did some drills: defensive back shuffling drills, reading the defense, we didn’t so much do bench press, we did some 40s, some running, hip-turns and stuff like that,” Meckle said.


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