Recruiting Target: Kirk Merritt

We continue our recruiting series that highlights the top 2015 recruiting targets that Texas A&M is still looking to land. There are 6-8 spots left and several elite prospects in the fold. So far, we have covered Malik Jefferson and Kendall Sheffield.

KirkMerrittThe Aggies have an embarrassment of riches at wide receiver and could soon add another. The 4-star recruit has stated that he wants to play wide receiver in college despite playing mostly running back in high school. It’s a smart move when you consider the NFL landscape and it’s a move that works great for A&M. They can utilize him in the slot, on sweep plays, and even line him in the return game. All Coach Sumlin needs to do is point to fellow Louisiana native Speedy Noil to demonstrate just how many ways A&M can showcase his talents. Furthermore, with the decommitment of DaMarkus Lodge, there is more room on the depth chart for him to make an immediate impact.

Kirk Merritt stands 5’11” tall and weighs 203lbs. This summer at the Nike SPARQ competition, he took home first place with a 4.43s 40 yard dash, a 4.03 shuttle time, and an incredible 45.8in vertical leap. As a reference point for Aggies everywhere, Speedy Noil was last year’s SPARQ champion. Just imagine Speedy Noil and Kirk Merritt lined up together on kickoff returns. That combo would be absolutely deadly.

The versatile athlete has offers from all of the top schools in the country headlined by Auburn, Oregon, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M. He currently has scheduled official visits to Auburn this weekend and Oregon the last weekend in October. However, he maintains close to the Texas A&M coaching staff and even has plans to talk to Sumlin this week (according to 247). Could he be updating the coaches on his timeline? Does he have plans to commit to A&M this week? The 2014 SPARQ champion would be a huge addition to Sumlin’s already impressive receiving group and would be an instant impact player in A&M’s offensive system.

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