Jason Mercier, who recently opted for a change of scenery by transferring to Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic, isn't quite set on just one of the near dozen schools that have presented him with scholarship offers, but lists a quartet of suitors that are certainly pushing all the right buttons early on.
"As of right now, I don't have a top school, but Pitt, Louisville, Rutgers and Syracuse are real close and all of them are great schools," Mercier said. "I'm not eliminating schools from my options, but all the schools I named have a fantastic coaching staff."
A 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end out of the 2018 class, Mercier says he's really starting to manufacture a tight-knit relationship with Nick Monroe, the secondary coach for Dino Babers and the Orange.
"Syracuse is a pretty cool school from what I've heard, but I actually want to go experience it myself and see how everything is," Mercier said. "They have a beautiful stadium.
"That's pretty much all I know for right now, but I hope to take a visit to see their campus."
The Scarlet Knights are the most recent program to step up to the plate with an offer just under two weeks ago. Mercier has to continue to familiarize himself with their school, but Chris Ash's staff is certainly doing their part by making sure there are no questions left unanswered.
"(Defensive assistant) coach (Collin) Bauer and (defensive line coach Shane) Burnham are two cool coaches," Mercier said. "I like talking to them because they fill me in on information about Rutgers that I ask about.
"I like the media base they have over there; I heard it's amazing."
Mercier, who is equipped with additional offers from South Florida, Florida International and Florida Atlantic among others, says a school's family-like feel and the bond he has with their coaching staff will play significant roles in his overall decision.
"I would like to be at a school that treats you like a family and shows it," Mercier said. "I also like keeping relationships with coaches so I can keep building on it."
Mercier, a three-star prospect, says he plans to attend the University of Miami (Fl)'s junior day event.
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