Quarterback Prospect Has Good Showing

Quarterback Nick Melton from Gaffney, S.C. performed well at Saturday's Scout.com Auburn Combine.

Auburn, Ala.–-While there were several quarterbacks that stood out at Saturday's Scout.com Auburn Combine, one of the best was Gaffney, S.C. signal caller Nick Melton. A strong-armed passer with good quickness and athleticism, he had a solid day in both the testing and drills and says that he's glad he made the trip to Auburn to show what he can do.

"It was a good experience," Melton tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "In my group I had four other quarterbacks so I had some good competition to rank myself against. I wasn't expecting this much work. We got a good many reps with a bunch of players. I liked the reps I got. There were a bunch of quality players out here so I feel good about what I did."

Nick Melton

A starter at quarterback since halfway through his freshman season after an injury to his older brother, Melton enters his senior season as one of the most accomplished passers in South Carolina. As a junior he passed for 3,200 yards and 30 touchdowns and also rushed for over 400 yards. He says that playing in a wide-open offense has helped him put up some big numbers in the last few seasons.

"This past year my dad put in a spread attack because of me and I like it a lot," Melton says. "It puts me more in control and I'm able to call audibles and checks when I run the offense. I like it a lot."

Hearing from schools such as Georgia, Clemson, USC and North Carolina in addition to Auburn, he says that while he grew up a fan of the purple and orange Tigers he's pretty open at the moment with one school closing fast.

"I have one day camps coming up at Georgia, Clemson and South Carolina," he says. "I have been a fan of Clemson, but it comes in phases. Then I changed to Florida. I have always been fond of Florida when (Steve) Spurrier was there. Now I like Carolina because Spurrier is there. It would be nice to play under him."

At Saturday's combine Melton measured in at 6-0 ½ and weighed 186 pounds. His 40-yard dash time of 4.75 seconds was very solid for a quarterback as was his broad jump of 8 feet and 8 inches. His shuttle time of 4.58 seconds was one of the best of the day for a quarterback and in the top 25 percent overall.


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