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jalen merrick
offensive line | oak hill, fl

 

HIGH SCHOOL
An early enrollee who is consensus four-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN, Scout and 247Sports… Checked in at No. 203 in the Rivals250, the 14th-best offensive guard in the nation and 35th-best player in Florida… Scout lists him as the No. 12 offensive guard nationally, the No. 31 recruit in Florida and No. 257 prospect overall… ESPN ranked him No. 272 in the ESPN300 and grades him as the No. 20 offensive guard nationally and the No. 51 prospect in Florida… Is the No. 15 offensive guard and No. 37 player in the state of Florida according to 247Sports… 247Composite, a combined index of national recruiting rankings, lists him as the No. 15 offensive guard, No. 32 player in Florida and No. 243 prospect in the nation… Named to the All-USA Florida football team at offensive line by USA Today… Coached at New Smyrna Beach High School by Lance Jenkins… Also participated in basketball, weightlifting and track and field… Enrolled early and will participate in team activities during the spring semester… Chose Arkansas over numerous offers, including Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Miami, Michigan State, Tennessee, Kentucky and others.

PERSONAL
Born Sept. 7, 1996, he is the son of John and Freda Merrick… Enjoys singing in his spare time and is often told he is the next Luke Bryan… Grew up playing basketball and did not play football until late in his high school career… Says his most memorable sports moment came when he helped his high school win the state championship in weightlifting.