April 4, 2008

Panthers offer Delaware twins

Pitt's new wide receiver coach Bryan Bossard helped recruit the state of Delaware when he was coaching at Maryland. His contacts with Hodgson Vo-Tech head coach Frank Moffett helped the staff find Jamil and Jamal Merrell.

Coach Moffett told the PantherLair, They took advantage of our spring break to go to a passing camp in Akron this past weekend and then stopped at [tm]Pittsburgh[/tm] on Monday."

Jamil Merrell said, "We are not identical twins we are fraternal twins. We got a tour of the Pitt practice facilities and then they took us up on campus to see Heinz Chapel and the Cathedral of Learning. It was a good experience. I liked it."

[db]Jamil Merrell[/db] is 6' 4" 210 pounds. As a junior he was first team all-state as a tight bend and a defensive end. He was also named Lineman of the Year in the state of Delaware. Coach Moffett said, "Most schools will recruit him as a defensive end. Jamil already has scholarship offers from Pitt, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland and Rutgers.

[db]Jamal Merrell[/db] is 6' 4' and weighs 196 pounds. He was a first team all-state selection as a defensive back and second team as a wide receiver. Coach Moffett said, "I think some schools look at him adding some weight and being a WILL linebacker down the road." Jamal has offers from Pitt, Rutgers, West Virginia and Tennessee.

Coach Moffett said, "Last year they helped us win the state championship. We were 13-0. We were the first team in the state to ever win 13 games and I was the first African-American ever to coach at state championship team in football. We graduated 8 seniors but my quarterback was only a sophomore and I had a sophomore running back gain 2,000 yards. We have most of our skilled people back so we should be pretty good again this fall."

Vo-Tech head Coach Frank Moffett said, "The twins have been starters for me since their freshmen year."

The twins not only helped the Silver Eagles to an outstanding season on the football field but they also helped the school's basketball team go 22-3. They were ranked No. 1 in the state and had won 16 games in a row when the Eagles were upset by Newark 58-56 in overtime in the state quarterfinals.

In addition to their recent visit to Pitt the twins have also attended Junior days at Maryland and Rutgers.

Jamil said, "If possible we would like to visit Florida and Florida State this summer."

Jim Snyder can be contacted at jrsnyder04@comcast.net.

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