Merritt Sees Fit At TCU

TCU recently offered Destrehan, La 2015 standout Kirk Merritt.

Despite its small population, Louisiana is consistently one of the top recruiting hotbeds for college coaches every year. In TCU's case, the state has been good to the Horned Frogs over the years and is a big reason coaches from the school always target the top talent.

While the Frogs currently don't have a 2014 commitment from the class, the staff is targeting some of the top players from the 2015 class. Last week, they offered one of the state's top running back prospects; Destrehan's Kirk Merritt.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder was a do-everything player for the Wildcats in 2013; lining up at receiver, running back and defensive back. He also excelled as a returner. Merritt has made the first team All-District teams in each of the last two seasons.

Merritt received the offer from the Frogs after speaking with quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie and offensive coordinator Doug Meacham. Merritt feels the new style of offense is the perfect fit for his abilities.

"The offense suits me, they said they were going to use me as a receiver, running back and returner," he said. "That sounds great. I like it because it's the way I'm being used in high school right now so I'd probably be fitting in right away at TCU."

Although he hasn't done much research on TCU, he has been impressed with one aspect of their team.

"I haven't looked that far into them but I watched them play against LSU and I liked the way they used their running backs," he said.

In addition to TCU, Merritt holds offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Nebraska, Florida, Tulane, Louisiana Tech and Washington State.

Texas A&M has been showing a lot of interest lately with the addition of former Nebraska coach Terry Joseph to their staff. Joseph recruited Merritt during his time as a coach for the Cornhuskers.

"Texas A&M, I've talked to them a little bit," Merritt said. "They have a coach I was talking to a lot at Nebraska, Terry Joseph, that's at Texas A&M now and he's showing me some love at Texas A&M."

With recruits from Louisiana, especially top recruits, the biggest question from college coaches and recruiting fans is how much a particular player likes the state favorite; LSU. So, the question must be asked; how much does Merritt like the Tigers' program?

"I like the program, but if I went to LSU I would probably be a DB (defensive back)," Merritt said.

With an ambition to major in architecture or engineering, academics will play a big role in Merritt's decision among other things. For now, every team recruiting him is on equal footing.

"Right now I'm pretty even with everybody right now," Merritt finished.


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