Getting to spend time with Gus Malzahn, Rhett Lashlee, and position Coach Dameyune Craig, Merritt said he enjoyed the atmosphere all weekend, but his favorite thing about the weekend was getting to know the coaching staff even better.
“It went well,” Merritt said. “The people are nice there. The coaching staff staff showed a lot of love. Me and Christian Kirk really loved the visit with John Burt. Just the stadium and the fans, the fans love it down there, I loved it.
“It’s just the offense and the coaching staff is very nice,” he added. “The offense, I’m using the spread right now so it’s a great fit for me.”
In attendance to see Auburn open up the offense with Nick Marshall and Sammie Coates leading a balanced attack to 41 points against LSU, Merritt said that was important to see for him and with the young quarterbacks on the roster the future is bright.
“I want to play slot in college, but also outside,” Merritt said. “They move receivers around and rotate. I really like that. It’s big that they are going to have good quarterbacks coming up. That’s a plus.”
With his Auburn visit now done and plays to trip to Oregon later in the year as well as Texas A&M, Merritt said he likes what sees from the Tigers and wants to just continue building a bond with the coaches and players in the coming months leading up to his decision.
“They are high on my list,” Merritt said. “They are very high on my list. Also Oregon and Texas A&M. I would say they are my top three.
“So far I just have Oregon scheduled for Nov. 1 against Stanford,” he added of his visits. “I haven’t scheduled Texas A&M yet. If I get invited to the Under Armour game it will probably happen around then. If I don’t then it will be signing day.”
With three potent offensive schools remaining on his list and still four months before he has to sign on the dotted line, Merritt said he’s got some specific things in mind as he continues to weigh the pros and cons of each school.
“It’s just the coaching staff and them telling the truth,” Merritt said. “It’s just getting a better relationship with the coaches and players.”