The Texas Longhorns have extended an offer to Houston Strake Jesuit three-star offensive tackle Max Merril.
A 6’4, 273-pounder Merril holds just under 40 scholarship offers and already holds verbal invites from programs like Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Louisville, and Indiana. The Cardinals and Hoosiers are considered the frontrunners, but the opportunity to stay in state could prove attractive to Merril, whose best in-state offer is from SMU.
After an awesome conversation with @CoachHand I am extremely excited and blessed to say that I received an offer to continue my academic and athletic career at The University of Texas!!!! @TexasFootball pic.twitter.com/uUeOJ2vZRc— Max Merril (@MAD_MAX1105) September 22, 2020
The Longhorns staff have been turning over every rock in search of offensive tackles this cycle and them identifying Merril is proof of that.
The staff will likely have to show some urgency given the path they took to reach this recruitment. Given Merril’s proximity, I’d peg him as a candidate to make a trip up to Austin for a self-guided tour of the campus in the near future.
The staff will need to work quickly and make up some ground as they try to steer things back on track with offensive line recruiting this cycle.
Merril is ranked as the No. 1,260 player nationally and the No. 108 offensive tackle, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.