South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp last week offered off-the-radar linebacker Allen Merrick (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) of Gadsden, Alabama. Merrick has been undervalued as a linebacker simply because he’s not played the position for long. He had been primarily a receiver, tight end and running back. But he said he likes hitting people more than touching the football, and Muschamp saw favorable linebacker traits in him. Enough of them to offer.
Merrick said the Gamecocks sit in his top five along with UAB, Tulane, Memphis and UCF. He has visited UAB, Tulane, Memphis and Samford. He plans to announce a commitment in December and sign early.
▪ South Carolina cornerback target Jamorri Colson of Ocilla, Georgia was offered by Tennessee and Auburn.
▪ Former Gamecocks offensive lineman commitment Javion Cohen of Phenix City, Alabama was offered by Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.