Melvin Still Committed To Duke

Though many seemed to think it came as a shock, the report that 6-foot-1, 200 pound safety prospect Marquis Melvin was once again shopping his commitment didn't strike the kind of chord many believed it would. Why? <I>TheDevilsDen.com</I> investigates.

After committing to Duke all the way back in March, Whiteville High standout and Shrine Bowl participant Marquis Melvin's phone didn't stop ringing. In fact the calls continued to pour in, especially from John Bunting's crew over in Chapel Hill.

"North Carolina has never stopped recruiting me. They didn't really seem interested until I committed to Duke," said Melvin on Monday. "Now they are telling me they really want me to come in and be a Tar Heel."

Still, that seems like a complete 180 degree change from where Melvin was as recently as the Shrine Bowl when he told Scout.com that he was completely sold on Duke. However, sources indicate there may be some administrative issues that are slowing the commitment from solidifying.

"Whenever a kid goes to a school like Duke or Stanford, there are a few more hoops for them to jump through," said a source familiar with the situation. "There is probably an ‘I' that didn't get dotted or a ‘T' that didn't get crossed."

Melvin echoed those sentiments in the Monday interview.

"I need to make decisions that give me the best options. Right now I am looking at my options and making sure I'm going to have choices when the time comes. But right now I am still committed to Duke. I just need to get things worked out."

Rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com, Melvin was tabbed as the No. 21 player in the state in Scout.com's post season rankings.


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