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Academics lead Merriweather to GT

Class of 2014 defensive end Tyler Merriweather (Demopolis, Ala./Academy) committed to play for Georgia Tech, multiple sources report.

Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect. Other programs, including Auburn and Southern Miss, showed interest.

Merriweather, who hopes to study engineering and owns a 4.1 GPA, spoke with the Atlanta Journal Constitution about his decision:

“(My family) discussed options, and what I want to do for the rest of my life. It’s not all about football. Academics are important, with me wanting to be an engineer. Georgia Tech has good academics, good football and it’s a short distance from home. I couldn’t ask for a better situation.”

The Yellow Jackets, who also picked up commitments this weekend from four-star cornerback Stepheny Durham IV (Jacksonville, Fla./Atlantic Coast) and three-star outside linebacker KeShun Freeman (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway), now have six pledges.