Former Destrehan High standout Kirk Merritt headed to JUCO

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Kirk Merritt began his college football career at Oregon, following a feverish recruiting battle that saw offers arrive from Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, TCU, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Florida and Florida State.

The former Destrehan High star also captured the SPARQ National championship at Beaverton, Oregon in July ’15. The much-traveled Merritt is now headed to East Mississippi JUCO where he will be eligible to participate this season.

The 2015 campaign with the Ducks in ’15 saw him in a limited role, making five catches for 61 yards and no scores. The combo running back and receiver looked for greener pasture and seemed to find a landing spot at Texas A&M but his stay in College Station only lasted about six months when he was dismissed from the Aggies in November ’16 following an indecent exposure charge.

If he decides to transfer to a another four-year school, Merritt will have two years remaining in which to complete is college football eligibility or he could apply for the NFL draft if he so chooses.

The 5-11, 203 pound Merritt captured the Louisiana state 100 meter title in consecutive years, recording a best 10.44. He ran a 4.45 forty and posted an impressive 44″ vertical.

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