April 6, 2012
Andre Mealy signed his official letter of intent at a press conference Friday afternoon to play football at James Madison University next fall. The Louisa County senior will enter the Dukes' program as a running back.
"Just a big relief to have the whole process over with," said Mealy. "I'm not waiting anymore I know where I'm going. Everything about JMU was great when I visited, I loved their facilities, their football program and education-wise they have everything that I want."
"Words can't describe, I couldn't be more happy for him," said Louisa head coach Jon Meeks. "It's been a long process, several colleges were in the running and he's done a real good job about taking his time and being very thorough and I think he just made an outstanding choice."
After missing his junior season with an injury, Mealy rushed for 1,713 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior year at Louisa. Although he was recruited as a running back, he'll have an opportunity to play other roles after his first year.
"Just gonna do what i have to do to get on the field, if that means waiting a year, I'm cool with that," Mealy added. "Madison is know for their toughness and they fly around and they hit people and I was pretty good at that this year."
"He makes everybody around him better," said Meeks of Andre's ability to contribute early. "I don't care if that's a senior in the program who's been in it four years, whoever he works out with is gonna be better for working with him because that's just the kind of kid he is."
Mealy attributed the training at Louisa will helping him take the next step in his career.
"The offseason training and practices are like no other team in the area and it just prepares you for anything."
Helping in his decision to go to JMU was that all 28 of his college credits he earned at Louisa will transfer to the school. He'll enter as a sophomore academically and plans to major in Kinesiology.
Mealy was being recruited by a number of schools including Shepherd University (WV), Cornell, and Richmond.