Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan defender Matt Merritt watched his best friend Kendall Milton stack the scholarship offers for one whole year, with the hope that he, too, could join Milton as highly-coveted 2020 prospects. This week, he got his wish.
Arizona, only school that's been in contact with Merritt -- the 6-foot-2, 220-pound defensive lineman -- extended an offer on May 12.
Merritt, who joined his running back teammate on the varsity level during the Bears’ playoff push, tells Scout that he was shocked to see the Wildcats' defensive line coach Vince Amey inside the school office on that morning.
“When I got called in to meet with coach Amey, I was really surprised to see him there and we talked about grades and how I need to keep working hard plus keep proving myself as my high school career goes on,” Merritt said. “And when he offered me, it was a feeling like no other. Just pure excitement and just a true blessing. It feels amazing to get my first offer this early from such a big school like Arizona and start my recruiting process.”
Off the field, Merritt holds a grade point average between 3.6 and 4.0. He and Milton – who was also offered by the Wildcats on May 12 – have a strong bond that began in elementary school.
“Kendall and I have been best friends since around the second grade,” Merritt said. “And he was really supportive and very happy for me when I received the offer.”
Merritt was equally ecstatic to watch Milton emerge as a hot commodity for the 2020 class.
“When Kendall was stacking up all those offers he has now, I was just really excited for him and just happy to see that he has a bright future ahead of him,” Merritt said.