Week 1 Student Athlete Spotlight: Nick Meray of Madison High School

Lineman can do many things.

Interceptions for touchdowns aren’t typically in that bundle of talents.

But Nick Meray of Madison High School wasn’t the ordinary lineman you’re used to tracking at a high school game. In 2014, he made the decision to fill a need and get out of his comfort zone for the sake of the Warhawks.

"They needed me at [defensive line] first," said the senior linebacker Meray. "I stepped up and gave it 100 percent. At the end of the season…they voted me first team all league."

Part of the reason why – that special touchdown against Kearny, where a deflection turned into six points.

"I came up and caught it, right here in my hands," Meray said.

"Lo and behold, there’s the ball," Madison head coach Rick Jackson added.

Western league coaches aren’t the only ones noticing the skills of Meray. So are the finest schools on the Eastern seaboard. That’s why Nick spent his summer going to camps in the Northeast. Scouts from Yale, Brown, Penn and the NESCAC conference all got to see Meray’s skills.

"That just motivates me more to keep on taking care of business," Meray said.

One place where he always takes care of business is the classroom. ACT scores are more impactful than SAT scores if your goal is to live on the East coast. Meray’s score out of 36?

"30…and I plan on taking it again."

Categories: 2014 PPR Archive, 2015 PPR Features, 2015 Student Athlete Spotlight