Coming out of high school, Merrick Jackson was a 3-star recruit yet he still fielded offers from some big-name colleges. Merrick got offers from his hometown college, Illinois, Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, Troy, and UAB. Yet, for some reason, Merrick decided he was not ready for that challenge and decided to attend Iowa Western Community College. In an article written back in 2016, Jackson said
“I felt like it would have been great to be there playing, but after thinking about it I don’t think I was ready, mentally or physically,” Jackson said. “Going to junior college really got my mind right. That made me make sure I really wanted to play football. “I felt like I should be somewhere I wasn’t — and I felt like I had to prove it to myself that I could get there.”
During the first three season’s at Iowa Western, Merrick was named NJCAA First Team All-American after recording 70 tackles and 7.5 sacks as a sophomore. Heading into his final season Merrick decided to transfer to Minnesota and end his career as a Golden Gopher. In 2017, Merrick played in 12 games and started seven while recording 19 tackles and forced two fumbles. Merrick was also named to the Academic All-Big Ten.
Merrick is now training for his NFL combine over in California with TCR Sports Performance. You can check them out on instagram https://www.instagram.com/tcrsportsperformance/
Merrick is a big fella, standing 6’2 and weighing roughly around 320lbs look for Merrick to instantly improve any team with his size, run stopping ability and improving speed and pass rush.
Merrick Jackson took the time out and sat down with us for an interview. You can see the full video below.