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Jalen Merrick
Jalen Merrick

#79 Jalen Merrick

Offensive Lineman | Sophomore | 6-4 | 322 | Oak Hill, Fla. | New Smyrna Beach HS

Redshirt Freshman (2016)
Saw action in nine games … Contributed on PAT protection unit.

Freshman (2015)
Redshirted as a true freshman.

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.