One of South Carolina’s most talented quarterbacks is right in Clemson’s backyard.
Anderson (S.C.) T.L. Hanna 2019 signal-caller Alex Meredith lives about 30 minutes from the school and grew up a big fan of the Tigers.
“My favorite thing is running down the hill. I think that’s awesome,” Meredith told The Clemson Insider recently. “They say it’s the best 25 seconds in all of college football.
“I get chill bumps, goosebumps when the cannon sounds and everybody is cheering, the players are running down the hill. It’s a great feeling.”
Meredith has unofficially visited Clemson a number of times. He competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp last summer and plans to do so again in June.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder is hoping to impress the Tigers by showcasing the skills that helped him throw for 3,369 yards and 37 touchdowns, complete 69 percent of his passes and rush for 487 yards and four more scores as a freshman two years ago.
“The biggest thing (I want to show) is just because I’m 5-11 or so doesn’t mean that I can’t compete at a high level, throw the ball down the field and that type thing,” Meredith said.
Meredith, who is still growing into his frame, is very athletic with sneakily good speed. He is an advanced player at his position that doesn’t make many bad decisions, and while he doesn’t have a cannon for an arm, he makes up for it with a quick release and high accuracy. He consistently puts the ball where it needs to be, can drop deep balls in and is a threat in the running game.
“Right now I would say my athleticism (is my strength), escaping the rush, designed run plays, that type of thing,” Meredith said. “Me making plays with my legs, being an athlete.”
Meredith doesn’t currently have any offers, but that seems sure to change with two high school seasons still ahead of him. He attended Wake Forest’s junior day in February, and the Demon Deacons are expressing strong interest. He plans to camp there this summer in addition to Clemson as well as South Carolina, Furman, Wofford and likely Coastal Carolina.
Looking ahead to this season, Meredith hopes to accomplish an individual goal he has had for a while.
“My biggest goal going into high school was one year I wanted to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000,” he said. “That was a big goal of mine, so that’d be great if I could get that this year.”