Coach Sees Plenty To Like In Melton

Kamryn Melton's coach talks about what the newest Auburn commitment for 2013 brings to the table as a player.

Dothan, Ala.—Dothan High Coach Kelvis White knows a thing or two about talented football players and what it takes to be successful. A state champion at Courtland playing for his father, White went on to win an SEC title at Alabama before winning three more state titles as an assistant coach at Homewood.

With plenty of experience to draw from, White says that Auburn fans should be very excited about both the player and person the Tigers are getting in cornerback Kamryn Melton.

"He's a leader of our program," White tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He definitely has the ability to play at that level. He comes from a good family and he's going to do well at Auburn. I think Auburn got a good player in Kamryn."

At 5-11, 174, Melton has been a big part of Dothan's team the last two seasons playing defensive back, some wide receiver, and also returning punts and kickoffs. He made 63 tackles last season with seven deflected passes and one interception. He returned 21 punts for 389 yards and one touchdown.

Melton before his junior season at a summer camp.

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. White said those numbers show what he means to his team and what the coaches think of him as a player.

"He starts at cornerback and returns kicks and punts for us," White said. "He's a big weapon for us. He also plays some spot duty at wide receiver for us. We definitely try to find ways to put the ball in his hands. He's going to be a kid that stays on the field a lot because of his playmaking ability."

A kid that has a solid frame to add plenty of size over the next year and a half before his first football game with Auburn, Melton is an interesting player said White because of his versatility. Able to cover as well as be a physical tackler, he caught the eye of new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder as well as new secondary coach Willie Martinez.

"He's a long, rangy kid that is going to hold a lot more weight," White said. "Everybody in college is looking for that 5-11 or 6-0 corner that is 175 or 180 pounds, and he's easily going to be that. He's going to be big enough to play. What Auburn likes about him is that he can play corner, but also step inside and play some nickel back. That's what VanGorder was talking about. He likes those kids that can help inside also."

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