After a tremendous season on the mound, Paradise sophomore Dillon Meadows got an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Going into a meeting with TCU coaches last week, he was unsure what it was all about. By the time he had heard their pitch, he gave his verbal pledge to play baseball for the Horned Frogs.
Meadows can’t officially sign until his senior season, in 2015.
“It was kind of a surprise,” he said. “We thought maybe there was a chance for a verbal, but we weren’t sure. I didn’t think that was what the meeting was going to be about, and then it turned out it was.”
Meadows became the first TCU commitment in the 2015 class.
“It’s an early commitment, but when it’s your dream school it makes it easier,” his father Todd said. “He bleeds purple. It might draw some criticism that we should have shopped around more, but when it’s this close to home we didn’t think twice about it.
“Playing in the Big 12, we catch some area games too.”
Athletes continue to commit earlier and earlier and Meadows is no exception. His numbers were lofty this season and TCU wanted to make sure he didn’t get away.
He won six games and posted a 2.70 ERA with 103 strikeouts for the Panthers. At the plate he batted .464 with 28 RBIs, helping lead Paradise back to the postseason.
He was recently selected as the 2013 All-Wise Most Valuable Player, and a first-team District 9-2A selection.
Meadows would have been a hot commodity for number of schools, but he is glad to have most of the process over with.
“I know other schools might contact me, but I feel it’s a big sigh of relief,” he said. “TCU is my dream school. Now I feel I can just cruise on the baseball field, and just concentrate on baseball.”
His high school coach and now current Director of Athletics for Paradise, Scott Broussard, told Meadows he still has some work to do.
“He was excited. He told me you’ve accomplished what you wanted to, now just work on getting better,” Meadows said. “He’s been one of my biggest influences, and I’ve always wanted to play hard for him.”
With two more years of high school remaining Meadows knows he will have to keep his game sharp because there will be a target on his back.
“I feel a lot more pressure now because people are seeing me as a college athlete,” he explained. “Usually when you see college athletes there are expectations.
“They want to see you perform. I know I’m going to make mistakes though.”
It’s all just part of the learning process for the newest Horned Frog.