Merrill preparing for playoffs

Arizona has seen an up and down recruiting season. They had an impressive summer with a record number of verbal commitments. However, as the up and down season has rolled on, they've seen a few players de-commit. One summer commit is not only still committed, but trying to recruit a few teammates to join him in Tucson.

Chris Merrill is still firmly committed to the Wildcats. The defensive lineman from Scottsdale did not seem overly concerned with the 3-6 Wildcats. "Things are good," he said of his commitment.

Merrill has not been down to Tucson for any games, but has seen nearly every game on television. With all of the close games the Cats have played, he's found them very interesting.

Right now Merrill is more interested in his high school season. Although he's missed three games due to injury, he feels he's been playing well and is gearing up more for the playoffs than he is for becoming a Wildcat next season.

"Right now I am more focused on this team and this family," Merrill said. "After the season I will take a week off and then really hit the weights and work on my speed and all of that good stuff."

His Saguaro team is the defending state champion and are again poised for good things. Two of his fellow seniors, Derek Bisgard and Joe Kellog, are getting some interest from the Cats and junior Cory Adams already has an offer.

Merrill admits he's been espousing the virtues of his future schools to his teammates.

"Yeah, I've done a little recruiting," Merrill admitted.

His Saguaro team is 9-0 and concludes the regular season with a game against undefeated Glendale Cactus. The teams are ranked 1-2 and the winner will likely have the top seed in the Arizona 4-A I playoffs.

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