Merriweather Talks Camps

As a junior at Voorhees (NJ), Darius Merriweather finished with 53 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 passes broken up on defense. He caught 19 passes for 539 yards and 6 touchdowns on offense.

Darius Merriweather has attracted interest from some schools following a successful camp tour that took him to places such as Pittsburgh, Temple, Penn State, Delaware and James Madison, just to name a few.

Merriweather started his summer off attending the Pitt camp. He worked out strictly as a defensive back, and came away with a few interceptions in the 1-on-1 drills and the 7-on-7 drills.

"Pittsburgh, I had a real good time at Pittsburgh, it was very good for me," Merriweather said. "I talked to the coach for a long time before I left. I'm really happy I decided to go there. I made a good showing in front of their DB coach. That's the one I need. (Defensive line) coach (Paul) Randolph (who recruits New Jersey) said he would put in a good word for me."

Merriweather added that Pitt is one of his top schools, one he hopes to get an offer from.

"I'm not sure about the offer situation, with them, but there's a lot of interest," Merriweather said. "I talk to coach Randolph a lot. I always keep in contact. I'm really interested in Pitt."

The way Pitt's camp was run was a big factor in his impression of the school.

"I liked all the drills, they were all kind of different," Merriweather added. "They were something I had never done before. I definitely got a feel that I could play at this level. The 7-on-7 was my favorite part of the camp. In 7-on-7, that's where I feel I can show my true talent; and vice-versa for receiver."

In fact, Merriweather had already competed at a few regional 7-on-7 competitions. As a result, he felt well-prepared for Pitt's camp.

"I was at New Jersey's 7-on-7 at Rutgers in February," Merriweather said. "I was invited to the NUC Showcase at Rutgers. That sort of thing was big for the camps. On my 7-on-7 travel team in New Jersey, I never went anywhere before. There was real good competition (at Pittsburgh's camp)."

Though he's being recruited primarily as a safety, Merriweather is also open to a couple of other positions.

"Most of the schools looking at me as safety, and one school is looking at me as receiver," Merriweather said. "I actually talked to Iowa. They implied I can play outside linebacker with them. I'm almost 200 pounds, so I could play a little of both (safety and linebacker). I'm optimistic about where I could end up."


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