Four-star recruit Kirk Merritt will choose his college Monday evening, a highly anticipated announcement two days before high schoolers can sign binding National Letters of Intent in which he’ll select either Oregon, Texas A&M, Auburn or Alabama. 

Merritt, from Destrehan, Louisiana, is a 5-foot-11, 206-pound athlete projected as a receiver in college. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Merritt was originally set to name his choice on signing day, but has since announced via Twitter that he will bump it up a couple days for Monday, at 7 p.m. Central. 

Merritt was named the SPARQ national champion at last summer’s The Opening camp in Beaverton.

Oregon coaches visited Merritt with an in-home visit in mid-January, but if he becomes a Duck some of his fellow recruits may have played just as important a role in persuading him to join them in Eugene.

Via a group message organized through their phones, several Duck commits have spoken often with Merritt about joining them in the 2015 class. The point man in the pitch is four-star quarterback recruit Travis Waller.

“The one guy I’m trying to get right now, and I know I’ve said it a lot, is Kirk Merritt,” Waller told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “That’s the final element to this recruiting class, I think.”

Rivals currently ranks Oregon’s 2015 class as 16th-best nationally.

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