Around Archbishop Carroll in Washington, D.C., they are jokingly referred to by teachers as “The Twins.”
Jauan Williams is 6-7 and 306 pounds. Richard Merritt is 6-5 and 345 pounds.
Both are highly regarded offensive linemen.
And now both are officially Under Armour All-Americans.
The massive duo were presented with their jerseys for the Jan. 2 showcase Wednesday at their school as part of the Under Armour All-America Game Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“It’s such an honor,” said Merritt, ranked No. 172 in the ESPN 300 and the No. 11 guard. “It’s something I wanted to do when I first watched the game 10 years ago. I was 6 and I told my dad I was going to work hard to be an Under Armour All-American. It’s an honor to be selected.”
“It means a lot,” said Williams, ranked No. 67 in the ESPN 300 and the No. 7 tackle. “I feel successful being invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Game. It’s a great accomplishment to be one of the 90 players from around the country invited. This also means a lot for our school to have two Under Armour All-Americans.”
Carroll is among a handful of schools with multiple invitees, another sign of growth in the program.
The team is 2-0 under new coach Robert Harris Jr. and has debuted new schemes on offense and defense. The new offensive attack is more a pro-style approach and much of the run game works behind the stars on the offensive line. A big test comes Friday night against Ballou as part of the DCSAA Pigskin Classic.