Marshall knew it was going to need help at the defensive back position as soon as the season ended and junior Corey Tindal declared for the NFL Draft. The Herd picked up a mid year high school player in Chris Jackson, and also snagged a grad transfer from Michigan in Terry Richardson. Both players are currently starting, Jackson at corner and Richardson at nickel.
In addition to losing Tindal, the Herd also lost freshman Speedy Howard, junior to be Antavis Rowe, and senior Tiquan Lang to non football related issues. Therefore, immediate help at the defensive back position will again be a need come this recruiting season.
Enter, Dodge City Community College cornerback Kereon Merrell. Merrell is a 6’0”, 175 pound in your face defender who currently plays for the 10th ranked Junior College in the country. His lock down mentality assures that teams seldom throw his way. Through the first 6 games he has one interception, 5 pass breakups and 10 tackles. He starts, but as he said, “they just don’t throw my way due to my in man to man defense.”
Merrell describes himself as, “a great leader, with excellent speed, and loose hips. I am also coachable.” Merrell’s lead recruiter at Marshall is Todd Goebbel. When asked if Marshall is still recruiting him, Merrell said, “oh yes, they are recruiting me hard.”
Currently Merrell has two schools he is interested in. When asked who his favorites were he said, “I have a top 2, and Marshall is number one.” Arkansas State is the other school drawing his interest.
Merrell received his offer from Marshall back in July. He does not know when he will make a decision, but he did say he expects to be a mid year player. He redshirted last year, and is set to graduate so he will have three years to play three when he makes a decision.
Merrell would add instant experience to a very young defensive back corp which has multiple freshman in Jackson, Jaylon McClain Sapp, and Jestin Morrow.
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