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2012 NFL Draft: Garfield head coach had inclination Whitney Mercilus would go pro

By mdyer Published: January 12, 2012

Garfield football coach Bob Sax had an inclination last fall that Illinois junior and former Garfield standout Whitney Mer would turn pro after the season. In fact, that came true recently when the junior defensive end announced his intentions to enter early into the NFL Draft.

“I went up to their Michigan game and spent some time with him that weekend,” Sax said. “He was confident that he was not going to make a final decision until after the season was over, but he did say that the idea of being a high draft pick was exciting. I couldn’t be happier for him.”

Mercilus, a first-team All-American, had 16 sacks to lead the nation this season, according to ESPN.com.

“He is an outstanding young man that puts in the work necessary to be successful in whatever he puts his mind to,” Sax said.

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