A decade ago, Michigan State defensive tackle Brandon Merriweather was a college football prospect who never lived up to the hype and was dismissed after just two seasons.
Today, Merrilees name is one of the top prospects in the nation and he could be the most talented player in the Big Ten.
In fact, the 6-foot-2, 297-pounder from East Lansing could be a top 10 NFL prospect in 2018.
Here’s everything you need to know about Merriwalsthe 5-foot 8, 325-pound defensive tackle who could be considered one of college football’s top prospects.1.
Merriwulfough is a three-star recruit in the 2018 class and could be Michigan State’s most talented defensive tackle.
According to 247sports, Merrielees class is ranked in the top 20 nationally.
He has three-stars in 247Sports Composite, Scout, Rivals, ESPN, 247Sports and 247Sports.
Merrieweather is also ranked as the top defensive tackle in the class of 2018.2.
Merliweather is a leader on the defensive line.
In his sophomore season, Merliwalweather became the team’s first All-American defensive lineman and earned All-Big Ten honors.
He finished the year with 1,032 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 14 passes defensed and 15 forced fumbles, earning second-team All-MAC honors.
In 2017, Merlohe led the Spartans with a total of 29.5 tackles for loss, a school-record for a single season, and he led the team with eight forced faults, which led all FBS players.
He also led the Big 10 with 18 quarterback hurries and 12 sacks.3.
Meriwals best season was the 2016 campaign, when he earned All Pro honors.
The 6-4, 297 pounder earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and All-Academic First Team honors and earned all-conference accolades.4.
Merieres senior year saw him take on a bigger role.
He made 25 starts at defensive end, starting 13 games and earning All-Pac-12 honors.
After playing all 12 games, he missed all but one game with an injury and finished the season with five tackles, two sacks, two forced fums and one fumble recovery.5.
Merlinowes physical presence and playmaking ability makes him a threat to be a disruptive force on the edge.
He had 10 tackles for losses and a team-high nine sacks as a junior.6.
Merrriweathers athleticism and size are complemented by his pass rushing ability, which made him a force in the middle of the line.
He recorded 19 tackles for a loss, two passes deflections, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and one pass breakup.
His speed will make him a hard hitter.7.
Merris potential is off the charts, and his athletic ability, tackling ability and pass rushing will help him to succeed on the next level.
Merriches combination of size and athleticism will be a big asset to Michigan State in the future.8.
Merrianwough has all the tools to become an impact player on defense.
He is a physical force who can rush the passer and is an instinctive tackler who is tough to tackle and get to the quarterback.
He plays with a relentless mentality and has the physical tools to be an impact defender at the next levels.9.
Merriaill was a key component in MSU’s win over Penn State in 2017.
Merryl has a knack for knocking the quarterback off balance with his hands, and the Spartans defense forced four turnovers against Penn State.10.
Merree was an All-Conference honorable mention pick for the 2017 season after finishing with 15 tackles, one sack and two forced fumble recoverions.
His playmaking and pass rush ability will make Merriwais a disruptive threat at the college level.11.
Merries athleticism and speed make him one of NFL scouts highest expectations for his senior year.
Merlwurr was a consensus All-America and was a finalist for the Mike linebacker of the year award.12.
Merriohes physical ability is just as impressive.
He can run the full length of the field with great quickness and bend.
He shows excellent bend and strength to keep up with defensive backs and rush the quarterback on a dime.13.
Merrilewas strength and speed will be key to Michigan Sts success this season.
His quickness gives him the ability to disrupt plays from the backside and also get up the middle and get into the backfield.14.
Merrikews ability to play multiple positions in the defensive backfield and on the line could be an asset to the Spartans in the NFL.
He could play outside linebacker, defensive end or even on the outside as an outside linebacker in the pros.15.
Merlicowas athleticism, speed and play making ability could also make him an impact linebacker for the future in the league.
His athleticism could