Panthers Offer Delaware Twins

Delaware is one of the most overlooked states when it comes to high school football recruiting, however on a yearly basis teams can always find some gems that come out of the state and go onto great careers. Twin brothers Jamal and Jamil Merrell are being heavily recruited and have double-digit offers between them already.

Newark, Del., is home to two of the top prospects in the state of Delaware this season and they just happen to be twin brothers Jamal Merrell and Jamil Merrell. Jamal, a 6-foot-5, 196-pound wide receiver led the state in touchdown receptions as a junior with 16 scores and Jamil, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive end led the state with 17 sacks as well. We caught up with their head coach Frank Moffet to get the lowdown on these two talented prep prospects.

"They both just picked up offers from Pittsburgh," Moffet said. "I got the letters from Coach Bryan Bossard who I've known since he was very young. They visited Pittsburgh after they left the (New Level Athletics 7-on-7 tournament) and I've got both papers in my possession now."

As for who else has offered both of the twins, Moffet ran down the list of schools that have sent official paperwork.

"Jamil has offers from North Carolina State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Rutgers and West Virginia," Moffet stated. "Now, Jamal has offers from Rutgers, West Virginia, Tennessee and Pittsburgh."

Moffet said that other schools are showing strong interest in the twins.

"As for strong interest I can tell you right now that I just got off the phone with a coach from Florida State and they like both of them a lot," Moffet explained. "The coach told me they normally don't recruit much in Delaware, but they really think both of these kids can play. I really consider them high on their chart."

"Connecticut, Florida State and Penn State have been the three schools showing the most interest as well. Coach John Donovan from Maryland has really been showing a lot of interest too, however they have not offered either kid. I also just spoke with Paul Williams from Temple and will be sending him tape, so I think when they see the film they'll like them a lot. They get letters from Colorado, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan State as well."

The head coach went on to talk about what both players bring to the table on and off the football field.

"They are excellent football players. They have been varsity starters for me since their freshman year and play with a high level of intensity. Jamil has a motor that doesn't stop and both are passionate, coachable players that love the game. They've been All-Conference selections since their freshman year and as a matter of fact this year Jamil was first-team All-State defensive end and tight end, plus he was Delaware Lineman of the Year. Jamal was first-team All-State defensive back and second-team wide receiver. He also led the state in touchdown receptions while Jamil led the state in sacks with 17."

"They also both have great skill sets with outstanding demeanors." Moffet said. "The thing I like about them is that they play with a lot of intensity and have a lot of heart. They're at practice on time and practice how they play.

"Jamal played strong safety for us last year and he's the type of kid who would rather light someone up then get an interception." Moffet continued. "I had to tell him to tune it down actually which you don't like to do, but Jamil also caused four of my scout team kids concussions last year because of the level he plays at in practice. They're students of the game, they're pretty good basketball players and have great size and speed. One thing as a lineman that I love about Jamil too is that he has one of those non-stop motors and with his athletic ability it makes him really tough to stop."

Both brothers plan on sitting down with their coach and choosing a list of schools to start visiting over the spring and summer. Coach Moffet said that ideally he would like each player to have their list narrowed down to a couple of schools by the time their senior season starts.


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