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