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Jalen Merrick
Jalen Merrick

#79 Jalen Merrick

Offensive Lineman | Junior | 6-4 | 316 | Oak Hill, Fla. | New Smyrna Beach HS

2016 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in nine games … Contributed on PAT protection unit.

2015 (FRESHMAN): Redshirted during initial year with the program.

HIGH SCHOOL: An early enrollee who was a 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 listed 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 ESPN 300 and graded him as the No. 20 offensive guard nationally and the No. 51 prospect in Florida … 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, listed 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 by Lance Jenkins … Also participated in basketball, weightlifting and track and field … 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 on Sept. 7, 1996 … Son of John and Freda Merrick … Recreation and sport management major.