Name: Noa Merritt
Position: Defensive Tackle
Weight: 268 lbs.
Hometown: Sparta, NJ
High School: Pope John XXIII
2013 Stats (HS): Earned MSG First-Team All-State honors in 2013. Tallied first-team all-West Jersey honors twice. Garnered second-team All-Non-Public accolades in 2013 and was named to the third team in 2012. Tallied 78 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss and 15 sacks as a senior in 2013 and recorded 33 tackles, seven sacks and one recovered fumble in 2012.
2014 Projections: While depth is a concern on the defensive line, particularly at defensive tackle, have to think that Merritt will spend the year bulking up and familiarizing himself with Don Brown's playbook. Given how thin the Eagles are at DT moving forward, Merritt is probably in line for some PT starting next season during his redshirt freshman campaign.
How'd He Get Here: A two-star recruit out of Pope John XXIII in New Jersey, Merritt committed to the Eagles over claimed offers from Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.
Twitter Feed: You can follow Noa on Twitter @dasheett.
God is good ! Truly blessed to be living my dream . pic.twitter.com/59cgGRTUnJ— Noa Merritt™ (@dasheett) August 15, 2014
Uniform History: Any discussion of the #94 jersey in Eagles football lore starts with All-American defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (2002-05) and continues on with 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and Ewing's Sarcoma nightmare fuel Mark Herzlich (2006-08, 10). Bob Moore, a defensive tackle from Medford, MA, was a four-year letterwinner for the Eagles, captaining the team during his senior season (1977).
Highlights: Here's a look at Merritt coming out of high school: