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Texas offensive line commit Max Merril is a three-star prospect from Strake Jesuit. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with Texas offensive tackle pledge Max Merril

Posted October 22nd, 2020


Texas added a commitment on Sept. 25 from Houston Strake Jesuit offensive tackle Max Merril. The three-star is one of three offensive line pledges in the cycle, alongside Hayden Conner and Michael Myslinski. Merril is one of 17 members of the 2021 class, which ranks 17th in the nation and second in the Big 12, trailing Oklahoma. Merril is listed at 6-4 and 273 pounds by 247Sports.

Texas offensive line commit Max Merril is a three-star prospect from Strake Jesuit. (Mike Craven)

Why did you fall in love with football? 

I was a fat kid growing up. I was always one of the less athletic kids. My little league coach used to ask me if I was pulling a sled to first base. But then I realized that I could get angry throughout the week and then take it out through football. It’s also about the camaraderie, like brothers in arms. It’s a good feeling to win as a team.


What made Texas your choice? 

Growing up in Houston, I heard about how big and great the Texas football program was, but I grew up a fan of Ohio State because both of my parents are from Ohio. Then you hear about how Texas is the most valuable program in college and they’re routinely ranked high.

I also plan to major in business and the Red McCombs School of Business is one of the best, if not the best, business school in the country. My parents and I care about education, which is why I’m currently at a private school. It was the right fit.

Where do you plan to play as a Longhorn? 

They see me as an offensive tackle with my size and athleticism. I have a tackle body and they don’t feel like many of the guys are tackles.

What’s the hardest part of the recruiting process?

At the beginning, it is getting noticed. I know a lot of good players who don’t get noticed. After you have some attention, it becomes about a schedule. We’re 17 years old and have a hard time remembering to turn in our math homework and now we’re expected to call a head coach at one school at 7 p.m. and then an offensive coordinator at another school at another scheduled time. It’s a lot to keep up with. We have homework.

What excites you most about college? 

I’m excited to learn more about the business field because we don’t get taught that in high school. I’m also excited to play ball. I obviously wouldn’t be in this situation if I didn’t love football.

What word would you use to describe Tom Herman? 

Thoughtful. He cares about what his players achieve after football is over. Texas offers an internship program for players during their career. The program is in a designated period built around football so that it is possible. A lot of big programs say that you can have an internship in the spring or summer, but they don’t really set aside time in our schedules for it to be possible.

What artist would you most like to see live? 

Lil Uzi Vert.

Favorite movie? 

“John Wick”

Favorite athlete? 

Jake Matthews for offensive line and LeBron James overall.

Favorite sport other than football? 


Hayden ConnerOTKaty Taylor4July 23 (2019)
Juan DavisWR/TEEverman3July 26 (2019)
Derrick Harris Jr.DENew Caney4Aug. 3 (2019)
Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan5Sept. 8 (2019)
Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial4May 2
Morice BlackwellOLBArlington Martin4May 10
Jonathon BrooksRBHallettsville3May 15
Casey CainWRWarren Easton (La.)3May 15
Isaac PearsonPProKick AustrailiaNRMay 29
Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball4June 15
JD CoffeySKennedale4June 15
Jamier JohnsonCBJohn Muir (Pasadena, Calif.)4July 3
Gunnar HelmTECherry Creek (Englewood, Colo.)3July 27
Michael MyslinskiCBishop Kennedy (Jacksonville, Fla.)3Aug. 6
Jaden AlexisWRMonarch Prep (Pompano Beach, Fla.)3Aug. 8
Charles WrightQBAustin3Aug. 22
Max MerrilOTStrake Jesuit3Sept. 25
Terrence CooksOLBAlvin Shadow Creek4Nov. 14
Byron Murphy IIDTDeSoto3Nov. 18