Posted: 6:37 am Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Freshman DE Merriweather loves football, math 

By Ken Sugiura

At least in one critical measure, Georgia Tech freshman Tyler Merriweather is an ideal fit for his new school. Among the 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end’s prized possessions that he intended to bring to campus was a button that reads “I (heart) math.”

Merriweather, from Demopolis, Ala., graduated with a 3.96 GPA (“I think it was just two B’s,” he said) and thinks he might want to study electrical engineering.

“I’m looking forward to that challenge,” he said.

The other challenge – playing football for the Yellow Jackets – looms equally large. A three-time team captain, Merriweather spent time this summer talking to former teammates and others who have played college football about what to expect. He was regularly in touch with early enrollees Matthew Jordan and KeShun Freeman for updates.

“I have the mindset that I’m coming in not to take a backseat to anyone, but to come in and do my best and work my hardest so I can get some playing time, whether playing defensive end or special teams or whatever,” Merriweather said. “Whatever I can do to help the team out, wherever I can do that, to get myself on the field.”

Merriweather, a self-described country boy who hunts deer, is one of three incoming freshmen from Alabama, along with Jordan and safety Jalen Johnson. All were recruited by defensive line coach Mike Pelton, whose territory includes Alabama. It was to Pelton that Merriweather offered his commitment last June. Caught up in the moment, Merriweather told Pelton that “I wanted to be a Hornet.”

It is for a reason, perhaps, that Merriweather wants to be an electrical engineer and not an entomologist.

“I just like to be humble,” he said. “I have a big heart and I just really want to come and help change the program.”

A fourth in a series of updates on Tech’s incoming class

OT Jake Stickler ready to compete

Safety Jalen Johnson eager to get back on field after ACL tear

Trey Klock playing in Big 33 all-star game

25 comments
gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Sounds like a great student and recruit! Come on down. Or i guess that would be come on over, welcome to the Flats. Apparently i missed our daily dose of Rue puke, catch you next time jerk.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Tech just added commitment #10, Kyle Henderson 6'2" 280lb DT out of Plant HS (FL). Welcome to the Flats Kyle!!!!

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

Kickoff at Tulane is at 4 and will televised on ESPNews.

StingerSplash
StingerSplash

Demopolis has played some pretty good football over the years in Alabama, IIRC. Good to get an inroad there.

Getting_Older
Getting_Older

As long as he knows what he wants to study, I can live with him getting the mascot wrong.  You have to like a kid that has his academics first.  But watching the video above, he looks like he can really play.  I like that he looks to always know where the ball is.


Welcome to the Flats!

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

Glad to have Merriweather aboard! I like his attitude! However, anybody nervous about our D this year?  I think our resident Aussie will anchor the interior, but all our DEs are small.  That's maybe good for a pass rush, but I'm a bit worried about the run stop.  We're using a 4-2-5 which means already switching a run-stop LB for a nickel back. We add to that smallish DEs---if I'm an opposing OC, then I'd whip out the ole Vince Lombardi playbook and pull two guards, do a toss sweep and let my 300 lb linemen bulldoze a bunch of 230 lb DEs, LBs and 200 lb CBs.  It won't make any highlight reels on ESPN, but it would be 4 and 5 yards a carry with morale-crushing 5 - 6 minute drives. Hopefully opponents will try to beat us with the pass or will throw enough incompletions that will stop a drive, but I don't see how we can stop a power running team with the forecasted talent and D-strategy that we have.

juvenal
juvenal

hope he sticks to math or engineering..... 

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

Sounds good.. Looks like a SDE more than a WDE & as of right now both DE spots are up for grabs. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

He really is saying all the right things. I am ready for practice to start where we can get more updates on how actual practices and players are progressing.

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

After seeing Freeman, He'll be playing this season, some say Merriweather is just as good. If that's the case Tech will have awesome DE's.

Looking forward to seeing Merriweather play, smart country boy reminds me of my favorite b-ball player, Tom Hammonds.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

You certainly have to like the attitude, and the fact that Tyler is looking forward to the challenge of BOTH football and the classroom. He should do well.

Both Freeman and Jordan looked really good in the spring (evidently Jordan impressed Griffin enough for him to transfer). Hopefully Merriweather will make it a strong three for three from Alabama in the 2014 class.

I don't see burning the RS on both Freeman and Merriweather at DE, but who knows. With all of the attrition on the DL over the last six months, and nothing certain on Whitehead, we may see Tyler on 8/30. 

FBYJ
FBYJ

@Yellerbug The thing you have to remember is that there are virtually NO power running teams at the college level anymore.  With the exception of Georgia Tech and the military academies, it seems that everyone has taken to the air.  There may be a few teams (especially UGA) that have enough talent in the backfield to make it difficult for the Tech rushing defense, but FOR THE MOST PART, I suspect we'll see our opponents trying to exploit our pass defense.  (Please note ... I'm not saying that other teams won't try to run the ball on us.  What I'm saying is that most college offenses don't have the personnel to mount a sustained rushing attack.)

MarineJacket
MarineJacket

Vic Beasley - Clemson 225lbs, Lorenzo Mauldin Louisville - 240lbs, Chris Casher - FSU 240lbs and Eli Harold - UVA 235lbs.  These are half of the preseason all-ACC team DEs. 

DEs on Georgia Tech's roster wieght 225, 248, 234, 244, 279, 270, 242, 220.

LBs weight  231, 225, 249, 225, 243, 237, 218, 230, 230, 229, 225, 236.

Don't let facts get in your way.

Go Jackets!!!

HighTechJacket99
HighTechJacket99

He was making a joke that went over your head. You are a special kind of stupid.

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

@Rue/Banning/Ciraldo/Whe

Your post just proves you will take any article and make it into a negative on CPJ.  You have zero credibility.

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

OK, I stand corrected "knower of all things". I will check with you for all the facts before posting in the future.

Any ideas on how to handle the stituation in Iraq? I'm sure you have that figured out too.

GTBob
GTBob

@RuePaulJohnson He was never going to be better than the 3rd string QB and there were rumors that the coaches were trying to talk him into a position change.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@RuePaulJohnson how do you know Griffin looked better than Jordan? You were not at any of the open practices or even the Spring Game. 

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@RuePaulJohnson It was a narrative about his excitement.   Why do you feel the need to read something into nothing?   It's almost like you're trolling or something.

HighTechJacket99
HighTechJacket99

If you don't know, I'm not going to tell you. You wouldn't find it funny anyway.

It is embarrassing for our school that you claim to be an alumnus and a fan.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@ToeMeetsLeather Don't forget to solve world hunger.  Maybe he knows who the 3rd gunman was on the grassy knoll?