ATASCADERO — On Monday afternoon, in front of the Atascadero High School athletic office, Nathan Meredith signed his NCAA National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the San Jose State Spartans.
Meredith was joined by his brother, his parents, grandparents, his former coach, and a whole host of Greyhounds who were there to either cheer him on or to get a free cupcake and be late to class.
“Today felt pretty good when I woke up,” Meredith said. “Obviously, ready to go, pretty excited to sign the papers and get it over with and commit. I’m excited for the next four years of my life and tomorrow we play Mission, which means I’ve got more baseball! I’m excited
“They love it,” he said. “It is probably one of the closest places and I get a car. So, when in doubt, I can just drive down there two hours, easy. And they can come watch my games and UC Davis is only an hour away from San Jose, so we'll probably see each other [Nathan and his brother Nolan] a lot, but when we play each other it will be interesting.”
Meredith received looks from several colleges throughout the country with most of them being situated in California, but there was something special about SJSU and their coaching staff, he said.
“There was one in Texas that I really loved,” he said. “I had an offer from Pepperdine and I was looking at LMU and Long Beach State. “The thing about San Jose, for me, was that their coaching staff was really opening and me and the recruiting coordinator really connected since day one, because I met him a few years ago. Now and then I would see him at some of our games and I would talk to him, and then one day he called me up and was like, ‘Hey Nate, I need a guy,’ and from then on I was going to San Jose State.”
Meredith was joined at the table by his former coach Casey Belt who coached both the Meredith boys for the first three years they were in high school.
“When we first brought him up his freshman year, he had a lot of talent for a very young kid with a baseball passion, and a baseball work ethic and heart,” Belt said. “He has matured into a heck of a young man, playing-wise. His catching has really flourished over the past four years and he has got a strong arm. He’s a baseball guy, he works hard, he loves the game and wants to be successful and San Jose State is very fortunate to have a player like him.”
After the series sweep of Paso Robles last week, the Greyhounds now control second place in the PAC 8 behind the San Luis Obispo Tigers (who are currently ranked No. 13 in Division 3 of the CIF Southern-Section) and will play a three-game series this week against the Mission Prep Royals (who are currently ranked No. 10 in Division 5 of the CIF-SS).