Kier Meredith went out the way he wanted to individually.
The Clemson baseball commit from Kernersville, N.C., and outstanding two-sport athlete at Glenn High finished his high school football career with an exclamation mark, catching seven passes for 188 yards during Glenn’s loss to Brown in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs on Friday.
“That was a playoff game,” Meredith continued, “so I knew it could’ve been my last, and I wanted to show everyone what I was really capable of.”
The senior missed time on the football field this season while concentrating on baseball events as he continues to hone his skills in the sport he will play at Clemson in the future. But when he suited up on the gridiron, he was impressive.
In eight games, Meredith had 27 receptions for 693 yards (25.7 average) and 10 touchdowns. Earlier this season in a game on Oct. 10, then playing in his first contest since Sept. 9 due to Team USA workouts in Houston as part of the 40-man roster, Meredith amassed more than 300 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
“I truly believe if I focused on football the way I did baseball then I could be something very special,” Meredith said.
Earlier this month on Nov. 10, Meredith signed with Clemson during a ceremony at his school.
Before that, from Oct. 20-24, Meredith competed in the Perfect Game WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, Fla., one of the biggest amateur baseball tournaments of the year.
Meredith was named to the All-Tournament team as a hitter, and his team, the Dirtbags (Sedalia, N.C.), took home the championship.
“It went well,” Meredith said. “I was comfortable at the plate and had a pretty good week.”
Clemson baseball assistant coaches Bradley LeCroy and Andrew See made the trip to Jupiter to watch Meredith.
“They just told me that I looked good,” Meredith said, “and they couldn’t wait for me to be on campus next year.”
Now, Meredith will start turning his attention to his senior baseball season.
“I’m going to relax the rest of this week and enjoy Thanksgiving and time with my family,” Meredith said, “and I start preparing for 2017 next Monday.”
He hopes to finish his high school baseball career the way he finished his football one.
“I’m pretty pumped up and excited,” Meredith said. “I’m just looking to do everything I can this year to help my team win.”