Hometown: Belleville, Michigan
Other Offers: Western Michigan (Basketball)
Commitment Post: Hawkeyes Land Kaevon Merriweather
A relative unknown to Hawkeye fans a little less than a week ago, Kaevon Merriweather is quickly gaining fanfare as a unique athlete and perhaps the next in a long line of under the radar recruits to go on to big things at Iowa.
In what’s been a whirlwind of a week, Merriweather has gone from a visit to Iowa City last Friday, to an offer and commitment the same day, to now officially a member of the class of 2018 as he signed his national letter of intent.
Film on Merriweather is limited, as you’d expect from a guy who didn’t have a profile on any of the major recruiting services prior to his commitment. What does exist shows him primarily as a run support safety. There is limited video of him in coverage and that’s likely due to having only played football for two seasons. Further complicating his development has been a transfer from Romulus to Belleville prior to his senior year.
But what you do see on film is a kid who seems to have a natural knack for sniffing out plays. Once he makes a decision, his athleticism takes over and he’s quick to beat ball-carriers to their spot. Upon meeting them, he’s a hard-hitter. Those are all things you love to see out of a safety.
What he lacks in coverage skills at this point will likely be learned and quickly. Merriweather played defensive end and linebacker as a junior at Romulus. He was able to learn a new position and a new defense and make himself impossible to keep off the field. What’s more, he worked his way onto the field when there were three other players in his position group that signed NLIs to D1 programs in December.
Merriweather joins a large group of defensive backs in this class. There are five in total, including DJ Johnson and Julius Brents from Indianapolis, Dallas Craddieth from St. Louis and Terry Roberts from Erie, PA. Merriweather is the class’s only commit from the state of Michigan.
Welcome to the Hawkeye family, officially, Kaevon Merriweather.