Speedy Melton Makes Five For Tigers

Kamryn Melton from Dothan High talks about his decision to choose the Auburn Tigers and what he likes about the program.

Dothan, Ala.—The Auburn Tigers added their fifth commitment for the 2013 class on Monday when speedy cornerback Kamryn Melton from Dothan High made his decision official after meeting with Coach Gene Chizik on campus.

A 5-11, 174 junior at Dothan High, he chose Auburn over offers from Kentucky, UAB and Jacksonville State. He is also being recruited by Florida State, Alabama and other colleges, but he said while visiting on Saturday he just knew it was the right place for him and Monday's trip sealed the deal.

"When I went to lunch during Junior Day and I sat down with the Tigerettes," Melton said is when he knew he wanted to be a Tiger. "They invited me over and were asking me questions. I saw that the people down here are really friendly. They want you with your family. Right then, I was like, ‘Whoa, this is where I need to be.'

Recently a visitor to Alabama for its junior day, Melton said he feels like he's close to getting an Alabama offer. Even if he does however he said it won't matter to him because he feels likes he's where he belongs.

"It was last Thursday," he said of when he got his Auburn offer. "I had to think about it because I just recently went to Alabama and they were talking about offering me. I would have to go back up there this spring is what they said, but I'm not going back up there. I went to Auburn and liked it and when I got back on the road I knew that's where I needed to be."

It went well with the coaches and I felt like it was a family when I was here," he added. "Gene Chizik, that's what sealed the deal. I felt like this is where I need to be. It's a beautiful campus. It's my home. I told (Willie) Martinez first and then circled around and talked with Gene Chizik. He was very excited about it. ‘Just don't go to anybody else.' I was like, ‘Yes sir, I'm not going to switch.' From there, they just welcomed me to the family. I was very excited, my mom too. She's an Auburn fan and my whole family is Auburn fans. My whole family is excited. I'm proud to be a part of it. War Eagle!"

The cornerback, who also returns punts and kickoffs while seeing spot duty at wide receiver and running back, said he has been a starter at Dothan High since his ninth grade year. He made 63 tackles last season with seven deflected passes and one interception. He returned 21 punts for 389 yards and one touchdown. As a sophomore he made 26 tackles with three interceptions and added 12 punt returns for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns.

That versatility is something Melton said he hasn't had the opportunity to talk with Auburn much about, but he plans to meet with Jay Boulware when he comes back for either spring practice or the A-Day game in April. So far they have focused on his ability to play cornerback he said.

"I'm going to be an in and out corner," Melton said. "I'll be a nickel back and a corner because I'm very versatile and I'm physical. I can play man to man with any receiver really.

"They like my ability to come up and support the run just in case," he added. "On big running backs I can come up and tie them up for the linebackers to come help me out."

With his decision out of the way and not planning to visit anywhere else, Melton said he can now focus on his goals for the upcoming season both as a team and individually as well as trying to help the Tigers get another top recruiting class.

"I'm stress free and now I can focus on my work -- the ACT and stuff," Melton said. "I'm going to try and win this state championship for my team.

"That's one of the major parts now," he added about recruiting for the Tigers. "The kid at Northview I want to come up here, Marquez White. He's a big receiver, but I think he's going to be a safety. I want him on the side of the ball with me."

He joins defensive lineman Dee Liner, linebacker Trey Johnson, punter Jimmy Hutchinson, and most recently wide receiver Earnest Robinson as Auburn's current commitments.


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