The recruiting train just keeps rolling on, and things are off to a quick start this morning with the Syracuse University football program extending an offer to 2017 recruit Jordan Merrell. The 3-star wide receiver is currently committed to Cincinnati, and also has offers from Illinois, Michigan, Temple, and South Florida, among others.
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The 5-foot-10 athlete is certainly a contrast to some of the other receivers the Orange have been pursuing lately, including 6-foot-3 Isaiah Robertson, another 2017 receiver Syracuse offered yesterday. As opposed to the taller outside receivers, Merrell is viewed as a dynamic slot player who could really thrive in the Dino Babers offense. Merrell is from Dillard, the same high school that produced 2016 linebacker and early enrollee at SU, Kenneth Ruff.
Merrell is a quick and agile player with the ability to both stretch the field and make plays after the catch, and he shows terrific concentration and an ability to go up in the air and compete with defensive backs to secure a catch. If you watch his highlights above, he’s also got some of that swagger that South Florida wide receivers are famous for. He’s got excellent quickness and changes direction well, and one thing in particular to love about Merrell as a receiver is that he’s definitely not afraid of contact. Multiple times during his highlight reel, he finishes catches despite taking some pretty solid hits.
The 2017 recruiting cycle is still a long way toward really getting going, and it’s always tough to flip someone who is already committed to another program. However, Merrell looks to have the ability to be a highly productive receiver in the offense Syracuse will be running under Babers, and is a player this staff will certainly try their best to pry away from the Bearcats.