Melvin Remains "Solid" With Duke

Despite having a well publicized commitment to Duke already behind him, one of the top players in the state of North Carolina is now being pursued by arch rival North Carolina and embattled coach John Bunting. However any plans of enticing a flip-flop are likely in vain.

"Yeah Carolina is trying to get in with me now," said Whiteville (N.C.) defensive back Marquis Melvin, who verbally committed to Duke in March. "But I'm stable with my commitment to Duke. There are no if's, and's, or but's about it."

Despite his public statements to that effect, Melvin has recently begun hearing from the Tar Heels quite frequently, but those inquiries have been rebuffed according to the 6-foot-1, 197 pound corner.

"They are still after me, but there is no question at all in my mind. I want to go to Duke and that's the bottom line. I'm rock solid in that, and I don't think it's going to change."

Since committing to Duke, Melvin has been named as the No. 12 player in TheInsiders.com N.C. Pre-Camp Top 20 and has begun preparing for his senior season with Whiteville while staying in constant contact with his future coaching staff.

"I actually talked with them for a while yesterday about everything. They are just telling me to keep my grades up and to keep working hard every day. That's my goal because I'm going to be a captain for my team next year, and I want to help my team reach its' potential every day and every week."

Melvin, who earned All-Conference honors as a junior, will be attending the Blue Devils' summer camp in mid-June.


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