Two wide receivers from East Mississippi Community College, the JUCO football powerhouse that was made even more famous with the spotlights from Netflix’s “Last Chance U”, have been offered by Mid-American Conference programs Thursday.
Mike Williams received an offer from Kent State and Kirk Merritt received an offer from Bowling Green.
— Mike Williams (@Mike_Williams07) December 28, 2017
Blessed to receive an offer from Bowling Green! pic.twitter.com/Xf8AXAqqr4
— Kirk Merritt (@kirkmerritt33) December 29, 2017
Williams, a native of Lake City, Fla. (Columbia HS) who initially started his college career at Georgia Southern, had a team-best 669 receiving yards on 30 catches (22.3 yards per catch) with seven touchdowns this year.
Williams is listed at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds.
Williams currently holds offers from Akron, Liberty, Notre Dame College, Coastal Carolina, New Mexico State, South Alabama and, most recently, Kent State.
Merritt is listed as a three-star receiver and kick returner, is from Destrehan, La. (Destrehan HS) and started his collegiate career at Oregon, then transferred to Texas A&M after one season due to a family issue.
In April, Merritt was removed from the Texas A&M team after being charged with two counts of indecent exposure “after being accused of exposing and touching himself in front of two athletic department tutors during two tutoring sessions in late October, according to police reports,” per Bryan-College Station Eagle.
In August, Merritt pleaded no contest to those charges.
Davis argued that Merritt’s actions in front of the two young women in separate tutoring sessions didn’t meet the requirements for indecent exposure. Merritt, a transfer from Oregon, was expected to earn plenty of playing time this fall after sitting out last season under NCAA transfer rules.
A&M had pointed toward the secretive conduct conference held before an on-campus panel composed of A&M staff members as the primary reason for Merritt’s return to the team last winter and spring, as he awaited a court date. Private documents obtained by the Chronicle concerning the on-campus hearing claimed Merritt’s actions did “not fit the rule of sexual exploitation.”
According to one of the documents the panel concluded, “We believe the vigorous scratching, which is a biological response to a skin condition, led to the exposure of his penis.”
One of the victim’s fathers said Monday his family was relieved at the final outcome and responded, “We are accepting of the decision made by the courts and hope (Merritt) can move on from this and have a productive future.”
For EMCC’s football team, Merritt led the team with 52 receptions, had 628 receiving yards and scored four times. On special teams, he had 18 kick returns for 260 yards and an 11-yard punt return.
Merritt holds additional offers from Tulane, Louisianna Lafayette, UTSA and Arkansas State. Merritt is listed at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds.
This year, EMCC went 11-1 overall and won the NJCAA National Championship.