Kirk Merritt is a commodity.
Courted by programs all over the country and holding scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon, Florida State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Florida, among many others, Merritt solidified himself as not just one of the greatest athletes in the land, but actually testing as the best athlete.
Competing at The Opening earlier this month in Oregon, Merritt secured a national championship in the SPARQ testing, designed to separate the best overall athletes from others.
At 5-foot-11, 203-pounds, Merritt ran a 4.43 40-yard dash, the beginning of what would be cementing his name at No. 1 on the list of competitors.
Now home, getting ready for his senior season at Destrehan (La.) high school, Merritt received some more good news Thursday when Michigan offered him a scholarship.
“I talked to all of the coaches,” Merritt said. “I talked to the offensive coordinator and obviously the director of player personnel, the one who I’ve been talking with on twitter and he wanted me to call him today, so I did, and the receivers’ coach told me I have an offer.”
“They started contacting me right after The Opening,” Merritt added. “I was excited.”
Boasting a versatile skill set that could land him at one of several positions at the next level, Michigan told Merritt a couple of possibilities exist for him in Ann Arbor.
“Mostly receiver and then I can do running back things also,” Merritt said.
“I’m looking at speed, using speed and athletes in space,” Merritt continued. “But looking at the Michigan offense they also put athletes in space and their receivers.”
Already just weeks away from the beginning of his senior year, it might appear Michigan is a little late to the party in Merritt’s highly publicized recruitment.
Though it’s later than most, Merritt isn’t just going to write Michigan off. In fact, he’ll do just the opposite.
“I’m going to look at them seriously,” Merritt said. “I’m probably going to make a decision if I get invited to the Under Armour All-America game so around that time I’ll make a decision.”
“I don’t have any favorites right now,” Merritt added.
With official visits in mind for the fall, Merritt says Michigan is a place he wants to get to.
“Yes sir,” Merritt said. “They’re trying to get me to go to one of the games.”
On other official visits Merritt adding, “I was thinking about Oregon, Michigan also, Texas A&M, Auburn, and Alabama.”
In the heart of the south and SEC country, Merritt admitted he grew up a fan of LSU. Looking to trip to schools thousands of miles away, distance from home isn’t an issue being discusses right now.
“No sir,” Merritt said. “(My parents) would have to travel anyway, no matter where I go, so that doesn’t play any factor.”
When it comes down to it, Merritt knows what’ll separate one school from another.
“Just a relationship with the coaches is the most important thing,” Merritt said. “Just sitting down with my family and we’ll make a decision.”
Sam Webb and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this report.