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Another 2015 QB to know

Taking his time

Waiting game


Up until yesterday, when it came to quarterback recruiting in 2015 for the Longhorns there were two names that reigned supreme: commitment Zach Gentry and four-star Kai Locksley.

That’s not so much the case now after Locksley’s surprising commitment to Florida State.

But there’s another one out there that needs to, at the very least, be kept in mind.

That name is Matthew Merrick (Irving, Cistercian Prep).

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound signal caller got a late jump on his recruitment because he was so focused on basketball (has played for the notorious AAU team, the Texas Titans, since he was in third grade). Otherwise, he’d have a lot more offers than the ones he has, which includes Colorado State, Nevada, and Colgate.

“I started the recruiting thing a little late because I was a basketball player,” he said. “And a lot of the schools told me they really liked me and wished they would have heard of me sooner so I could have been their guy. But they had already offered quarterbacks so that put my behind the eight ball. I still think I am in a good position and can only control what I can control.”

Merrick is clearly on Texas’ radar. He has visited UT three times, including for a camp in June, the Quarterback Academy, and “Under the Lights,” and he might visit again this weekend.

The coaches have been so impressed that they’ve offered him a preferred walk-on position, which he would happily accept if he’s not given a full scholarship.

“I went to their camp in June and they told me that it was a possibility [of walking on],” Merrick said. “At the time they had told me that they got a commitment from Zach Gentry and had planned on only taking one QB. So I think that walk-on option is still there. But now that there is talk that they could take two, [getting a scholarship] would probably be my goal.”

Merrick said he felt like he really impressed quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson at the camp in June, which is when the talk of possibly walking on really gained steam.

“I’m pretty sure they were only planning on taking one but I figured it couldn’t hurt to get in front of them and throw for them if something happened,” he said. “When I went down there they really liked me and Coach Watson said that they would like me as a preferred walk-on. Then he told me to come back to the “Under the Lights” camp. I did that, did well and know they are very interested in me.”

Merrick traveled to the “Under the Lights” camp with his father, former Virginia wide receiver Nick Merrick, and personal QB coach Kevin Murray, the father of Texas A&M QB commitment Kyler Murray.

“I got to talk with Coach [Charlie] Strong for a couple of minutes and then with Coach Watson for a while,” he said. “They both seem to really like me. I hope things work out.

“Right now Texas would be my No. 1 but if they just gave me the preferred walk-on then they would just be in the same category as all the other schools that offer me scholarships.”

In addition to Colorado State, Nevada, and Colgate, Merrick said that Penn and Princeton are real possibilities and that they would offer their QB targets this fall.

“Texas and Virginia both gave me a walk-on spot,” he said. “I know TCU wants to see how I do in the fall. But getting a scholarship from all three is still a possibility.”

Even though his father played for the Cavaliers, Merrick said he thinks the world of UT.

“He loves Texas, honestly,” Merrick said. “We’ve gone to Austin three times this summer and will be a fourth this weekend for a ball. I’ve never been to Austin and will have gone four times this summer.”

“The main thing he tells me is ‘If football doesn’t work out would you be happy with where you are at?’ That’s why he really likes Texas and Virginia. Those are his favorite and mine as well.” [William Wilkerson]


I caught up with talented center Tyler Moore (Galena Park, Texas/North Shore) recently and he said he was still a ways away from making his decision.

You have to imagine that the Longhorns are sitting comfortably in the driver’s seat for this one.

The question right now that most people have in regards to Moore is whether his offer is a full ride or for a greyshirt.

Moore tells me that it’s not a greyshirt offer and is a full ride. Sources tell me differently.

Regardless, Moore is a huge fan of the Longhorns and I expect him to sign with UT unless Oklahoma jumps in the mix.


I caught up with one Longhorns commitment, that shall remain nameless, who, like many UT fans, thought Texas was going to land Kai Locksley.

The door isn’t completely shut on Locksley but there are other, more pressing needs at hand. This recruit shared his thoughts on who those were.

Waiting on [Ryan] Newsome, [Chris] Warren, Malik [Jefferson], Kris [Boyd] and [Holton] Hill,” he said.

When asked who UT gets out of those, he responded, “Newsome if they recruit harder, Warren, [Cameron] Townsend, [Anthony] Wheeler if they beat OU. They gotta win for Malik, Kris, and Hill.”

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