Although Merrill has been to Tucson before, his unofficial visit on Wednesday provided his best opportunity to really explore the campus and the program.
"I loved the campus, the coaches, the school and the facilities," Merrill said. "The whole things was just great."
He played very well at the elite camp but attributes his offer to an additional bit of exposure thanks to the VCR.
"I think I really impressed them at the elite camp," Merrill said. "Then I sent them my highlight tape and I think that really pushed me over the edge."
Now that his recruitment is over, he can concentrate on the upcoming season. His Scottsdale Saguaro team won a state championship, and returns the core of that very young team.
"Now I can just focus on what's happening with my team," he noted. "Right now I am just trying to get us another repeat."
Saguaro is loaded with good, young talent and Merrill would not mind seeing a few of his high school teammates join him down the road in Tucson.
The Cats seem to want Merrill as an interior defensive lineman. At just 6-2 and about 260 pounds, Merrill will need to add muscle and size, but seems to have a frame that can support the weight.
Merrill was recruited by Arizona assistant Tim Kish, as well as defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasasopo and Merrill said he really liked both coaches.
Anytime a player commits over the summer you have to wonder how firm the commitment is. Merrill insists he is going to be a Wildcats.
"I'm definitely committed to the UA," Merrill said. "We have a bond and I am not interested in anyone else."