Thursday morning, the coach of Texas quarterback commitment Matthew Merrick said the Longhorns are still deciding whether to sign Merrick in this year’s recruiting class.
Irving Cistercian Prep’s Steve McCarthy told the American-Statesman that Texas coaches have indicated that they will make a decision on Merrick’s scholarship in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, coaches at Florida and Virginia have reached out to Merrick in the past day expressing interest in offering him a scholarship for their 2015 classes..
Merrick, who is on track to grayshirt and delay his enrollment at Texas until January, 2016, did not sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Texas signed 28 players, including quarterback Kai Locksley of Baltimore.
Texas coach Charlie Strong said he has one or two scholarships available for players in this class. Left unsaid, is Texas signed a handful of academic risks who might not qualify. Strong could not specifically speak to Merrick’s situation because Merrick had not signed a LOI.
According to McCarthy, on Tuesday, Texas quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson said his preference is for Merrick to arrive on campus in June with the incoming recruiting class.
Merrick’s is an interesting story. Prior to this year, his primary focus was on basketball and playing for the AAU Texas Titans, a team that also housed UCLA football signee Soso Jamabo (Plano West).
Convinced by quarterback guru Kevin Murray to direct his energy toward football, Merrick hit the summer camp circuit and pulled in offers from Colorado State and Nevada. A 6-3 shooting guard, he stopped playing basketball in deference to training for football. McCarthy said Merrick has added 13 pounds through increased weight training and now weighs 198 pounds.
If Merrick is to go through with the plan to grayshirt, he would likely stay back home and continue to train with Murray while taking courses at a local community college. Per NCAA rules, Merrick could take no more than six credit hours.
In three seasons, Merrick threw for 6,148 yards and 59 touchdowns. Of those numbers, 2,519 yards and 33 TDs came during Merrick’s senior season.
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