Tigers Still Lead with Merrieweather

One of the top prospects in the state of South Carolina at the running back position is, without a doubt, Reggie Merrieweather (5-10,189,4.5). With great quickness and tough running, Merrieweather figures to have all of the top schools beating down his door before the recruiting process is over with.

In yesterday's interview with Jamie Newberg, Merrieweather indicated that he still considers the Tigers his favorite.

"I have offers from Michigan State, Indiana and Clemson, and I have also been hearing from Florida," said Merriweather. Clemson is still my leader. I attended the Clemson vs. Wofford game, and I plan to attend the Clemson vs. Virginia game this weekend. I will wait until after the season to schedule my official visits. My strengths are my speed, reading the holes, and breaking tackles."

Merriweather has helped lead his team to a 4-0 record so far, rushing for 870 yards and 13 touchdowns. Last season, Merrieweather dominated his region while running for 1,869 yards and 18 touchdowns. In just one game last year, he was able to gain over 320 yards on the ground and scored an incredible 7 touchdowns.

I wouldn't necessarily consider Merrieweather to be a speedster, although he's been timed in the 4.4-4.5 range in the 40-yard dash, but he is very quick and he has an explosive first step. He also is a strong back, being able to bench 350 and squat 440.

Don't question this young athlete's toughness either.

The first game of the year saw his team battle Strom Thurmond and in the third quarter, he took a pitch and twisted his foot while being tackled out of bounds. He was down for almost 5 minutes and was eventually helped off the field.

Four plays later, he came back into the game, taking a handoff straight up the gut on fourth-and-goal from the 1 yard line for a game-clinching touchdown.

In a year that where the strength of the state is not at the running back position, Merrieweather would be a GREAT pickup for the Tigers. SCPrepFootball.com has him ranked as the #2 running back in the state, and #10 among all players.

Merrieweather has been quoted as saying that if the right offer came about, he would consider leaving the state, but right now, the Tigers are in great shape.

As Merrieweather continues his stellar season, and with offers on the table from Florida and Notre Dame, his stock is certainly going to continue to rise. Let's hope he still has Clemson on his mind come signing day.

Thanks to SCPrepFootball.com & the Augusta Chronicle for their contributions to this report.

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