By Steven J. Gaither
Alabama State University transfer Jacory Merritt announced on Monday that he will be attending New Mexico University. New Mexico is an FBS member of the Mountain West Conference.
Merrit was one of the more versatile running backs in the SWAC over the past couple seasons.
Jacory Merritt spent two-and-a-half seasons at Alabama State, rushing for 985 yards and 10 touchdowns between the spring 2021 season and the 2021 and 2022 seasons. His best season came in the fall of 2021 when he rushed for 422 yards and scored five touchdowns under head coach Donald Hill-Ely.
The 5’11, 205 pound back is a Montgomery, AL native and he rushed for 4.7 yards per carry in seven games during the 2022 season, leading the team in rushing under first-year head coach Eddie Robinson Jr.
Merritt was one of several Alabama State players to hit the transfer portal following the season, including defensive back Irshaad Davis.
Alabama State University football is coming off a 6-5 season under first-year head coach Eddie Robinson Jr. in 2022.