Video Spotlight: Chris Merrill

Junior footage of OL/DL Chris Merrill from Sagauro HS (Scottsdale, AZ).

Probably one of the most under-rated players coming into next season is Saguaro OL/DL Chris Merrill. Turn on the video and you can see that an argument can be made that Merrill is the top two-way lineman in the state. He was an all region, all city and all state selection on both sides of the ball.

As a DE Merrill recorded 73 tackles and 21 sacks. Here are clips from his junior year. He wears #70:

He is highlighted here playing right guard:

At 6-2 260 pounds Merrill does not have prototypical D1 size but what he may lack in size he makes up for in strength and intensity. His weight room numbers are impressive. He boasts a bench of over 400 pounds, squats nearly 600 and hang cleans 315. He runs in the 5.0 range in the forty with a best hand time of 4.98 and he ran a 5.1 at the combine in LA.

Merrill currently does not have an offer but a lot of schools stopped by to evaluate Merrill this summer and the schools that seem to have shown the most interest are UNLV, Oregon State, Fresno State, Colorado, Arizona State. Arizona and Washington State, He plans to attend one day camps at ASU and UofA.

Last season Merrill heped Saguaro to a 13-1 record and a 4A1 state title.

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