Updating Recruitment of RU offeree Merritt

Rutgers offered Sherwood High (Sandy Spring, Md.) defensive back Jamal Merritt in late January, and since then a number of other schools began reccruiting him with more intensity. How has it panned out in terms of more offers? Also, Merritt talks about where schools are recruiting him to play, what he is looking for in a college, and when he might make a decision.

Rutgers got in early on Sherwood High (Sandy Spring, Md.) defensive back Jamal Merritt, who is hoping the spring evaluation period, area combines and summer camps tour pays dividends.

He is hearing from Maryland, Duke, North Carolina, Temple and Pittsburgh, but his lone offer comes from Rutgers, a school he visited multiple times.

Merritt, a 6-foot, 175-pounder who is being recruited to play safety, was at the Scarlet Knights' junior day event, and was on campus for a 7-on-7 passing tournament last month.

"I like the campus,'' said Merritt, who received his Rutgers offer in late January. "It's got nice facilities, the coaches are nice. They have great people to be around.''

Merritt plays receiver and cornerback for the Warriors, but he is being recruited to play safety.

"I can play strong or free,'' he said. "Whatever the coach wants me to play, I can play. I would prefer free because I like to ball hawk and go after the ball. I've played corner my whole career.''

Merritt added he is in contact with Rutgers regularly, and likes the school, but before making a decision he is hoping to have options.

He already visited Maryland, and will attend North Carolina's junior day this coming weekend. The Terrapins are close by, and he is hoping an offer will be coming his way shortly.

"I went up there for a football game,'' Merritt said. "I've talked to (the coaching staff) and they said they had to look at my tape, and then they could offer.''

Even if an offer or two come his way in the spring, Merritt believes he it will be a while before he makes a decision.

"I'm going to wait and see what other offers come in, and most likely make my decision based on academics and the football program,'' Merritt said. "I want good academics, a good football program, (and) a nice coach I can get along with.

"I weigh academics and football equally. I think about life after football. I can go to a good (football) school, but if they don't have good academics and I don't make it (professionally), you've got to have a backup plan.''

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