Two weeks after he transferred to Carroll in search for a fresh start, former Friendship Collegiate offensive tackle Richard Merritt watched his recruiting stock skyrocket last week with offers from Alabama, Florida and Florida State.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Merritt also earned offers last week from Virginia Tech, Georgia and Michigan, he said. The burst of attention likely cements him as one of the area’s top players in the class of 2016. The offers came after his strong showing at the Nike Football Training Camp at Centreville last week.
“I really wasn’t expecting to get so many offers in a week, and it was just crazy,” Merritt said. “I’d come in school one morning, I’d go to first block, I got Iowa offering me. Then the next block I have Virginia Tech offering me. Then you know the next day I come back to school I have Florida, Florida State offering me … it was just crazy. It was overwhelming a little bit.”
Merritt was a key piece to Friendship Collegiate’s offensive attack last fall, helping the Knights establish one of the city’s best running games while he continued to make a name for himself as a prospect. North Carolina was the first school to offer him last summer – and the heavy interest he had throughout his sophomore season has materialized into many more possible landing spots.
The springboard will be his new school in Carroll, as Merritt looks to make an impact in the WCAC next fall.
“I was looking for a change. … I just wanted to go to a new school for my last two years,” Merritt said. “You get friends fast over there. They don’t hesitate to say hi over there. People just want to just meet the new guy in school. So it’s been great.”
Merritt is currently considering all the schools that have offered him, he said, and he will line up visits based on proximity to the area. Oklahoma and LSU will visit him at the school this week, he said, and he plans on visiting Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Florida State, among others, this summer.
Highlights of Merritt can be found here.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 56
The number of consecutive games won by Sherwood’s softball team since 2011 after the Warriors defeated Blair in a hard-fought game Saturday.
– On the same day its sister school National Cathedral won the Carr Cup, St. Albans’s crew team won the Foley Cup for the first time in three years Saturday.
–Good Counsel used seven goals in an eight-minute span to blow by unbeaten Sherwood in a girls’ lacrosse showdown Saturday.
– Forest Park’s Ricky Morgan was pushed to his limit Saturday but came away with an impressive 400-meter dash win at the T.C. Williams Invitational.
PHOTOS FROM THE WEEKEND
WHAT TO WATCH
Baseball: Poolesville at Gaithersburg, 5:15 p.m.