Kier Meredith returned to the football field with a bang on Monday night.
The 2017 Clemson baseball commit who also plays wide receiver for the Glenn High School (Kernersville, N.C.) football team racked up over 300 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns to lead his team to a 50-42 win at Southwest Guilford (High Point, N.C.).
It was Meredith’s first football game since Sept. 9, as he was in Houston for Team USA workouts as part of the 40-man roster.
The Clemson Insider spoke with Meredith about his big game on the gridiron.
“It was amazing,” Meredith said. “I was just ready to be back on the field. I’m actually missing my next two games due to my official visit at Clemson and a baseball tournament in Jupiter, Florida, so I told myself I had to go out and give my team everything I had.”
Meredith used his elite speed to blow by a defender on a seam route and catch a 27-yard touchdown pass for his first score of the game. He later added a 47-yard touchdown reception off a slant route, outrunning a host of defenders en route to the end zone.
Meredith also scored on special teams, stripping the ball in kickoff coverage and returning it for a touchdown.
After focusing on baseball for about a month, Meredith said it was “all abut flipping that switch” to football in order to have success.
“I was gone playing baseball, so obviously I was in strictly ‘baseball mode,’ but when I came back I just had to mentally prepare myself for a football game,” Meredith said. “Mentally prepare myself for four quarters.”
Meredith entered the game with 11 receptions for 268 yards and five touchdowns.
Meredith said his team is having a good season, as well.
“We are off to a good start,” he said. “5-2 for the first time in forever.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder will turn his attention back to baseball pretty soon. From Oct. 20-24, he will compete in the Perfect Game WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla.
“It’s the biggest event of the year team wise,” Meredith said, “and it will be flooded with scouts and college coaches.”
Before that, Meredith will take his official visit to Clemson this Saturday for the Tigers’ game against N.C. State.
Meredith is really looking forward to the experience.
“Just being around the players,” Meredith said, “and getting a feel for how things will be when I’m on campus.”