Top 10 NC Prospect Commits to Duke

The class of 2005 recruiting year just got a big start in the right direction as Whiteville High School standout defensive back Marquis Melvin decided to become a Duke Blue Devil. <I></I> had a chance to speak with the Duke bound standout on Tuesday night.

"I've committed to Duke," said Marquis Melvin. "You can't get a better education or get into a better academic environment, and the chance to step in and be able to play right away closed the deal."

Melvin, who is rated as one of the ten best college prospects in the state of North Carolina according to, is described as a hard hitting defensive back with great coverage skills. Last season he earned All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State honors for Whiteville at both the DB and receiver positions.

Already measuring in at 6-foot-2, and 198 pounds, Melvin will likely play around the 220-pound mark in college. When you factor in a bench press of 310, and a squat max of 385, it's likely that the newest Blue Devil will certainly look the part of a big time recruit, but that's not all he brings.

"I think I bring a player who can and wants to be coached," Melvin told TDD. "I want to get better both on and off the field. I really think Coach Roof and his new staff of assistants will help me achieve those goals."

Indeed Coach Roof and company were well aware of Melvin's abilities; offering him a full scholarship after the junior day event earlier this month.

"I had a chance to get to know Coach Roof at that event, and toured the campus. He really talked about how dedicated he and the staff are to rebuilding the Duke program in a very competitive league. It's been my dream to have a chance to play big time football, and in the new ACC I'll have a chance to be successful against the best competition anywhere."

Off the field Melvin is a solid A/B student who doesn't anticipate any trouble qualifying.

He chose Duke over heavy interest from North Carolina, Penn State, Maryland, NC State, and South Carolina.

Melvin will be in attendance for April 17th's spring game.

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