Chris Merrill update

Chris Merrill is still trying to get the word out. The Scottsdale lineman is hitting the camps in an effort to get the efforts that he wants.

"I am going to these camps to show them what I can do and hopefully something comes out of that," Merrill said.

His summer will include camps with Arizona, Cal, NAU, UNLV and Colorado, plus he is still considering a few more.

Right now his only offer is from D-IAA Portland State but a lot of teams are talking to him, including the Wildcats.

Although he grew up in Phoenix as a Colorado fan, he does like the Wildcats.

"It's a good program, good school," Merrill said of Arizona. "I like the area. My mom went to the UA, so it would be fun to go here."

He won't list any favorites until he gets his offers, but it sounds like he'd seriously consider Colorado, Arizona, Cal, ASU, Washington State and UNLV if they were to extend the scholarships.

In addition to camping, Merrill is working hard to improve himself physically.

"Just improve my speed and quickness and get a little bigger," Merrill said when asked about what he needed to do this summer to earn offers.

One other issue is where does he play? At about 6-2, 265 he has defensive end size, but a lot of teams want to see him bulk up and play defensive tackle. He has to balance trying to bulk up to move inside and trying to get faster to play outside.

"I play end, but some teams have been talking to me about playing a three-technique or a one-technique," Merrill said. "Staying my same quickness and stunting a lot."

Merrill was part of the Saguaro team that won the state title last year. They were young last year and return enough players to make them a favorite to repeat. Obviously that is their goal.

"That's the main goal this season," Merrill said. "We've been working hard ever since the season ended and hoping to repeat."

Obviously with a lack of current offers it is not easy for Merrill to create a timetable for a decision, but ideally he'd like to pull the trigger some time during the season. Part of that reasoning is the fact that he realizes a few good games to start the season could jump start some things.

"I'd like to get a couple (games) out there and show them what I can do through senior game film," Merrill said.

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