S Marquis Melvin (6-1, 200 pounds, 4.45-seconds in the 40) from Whiteville (NC) High School committed to Duke last March, thus avoiding much of the inevitable recruiting hoopla that comes with being one of the state's top prospects. This past week, he received a written invitation to take an unofficial visit to NC State for the Pack's matchup with Miami.
Blessed with great size and speed, Melvin has been a huge factor in leading Whiteville to an impressive 7-2 record. His versatility and athleticism has helped him to become a huge contributor on both offense and defense.
"They line me up as WR and DB but here lately I've been playing WR, DB and RB so I've been playing everywhere," said Melvin. "I've been doing pretty good though. I've got a bunch of tackles but I'm not sure exactly how many. But I've scored four touchdowns and I've got four interceptions so far."
With an unofficial trip to UNC already behind him, Melvin decided to make a visit to Raleigh after hearing from the Wolfpack prior to the Miami game.
"Dick Portee is recruiting me for State," said Melvin. "He sent me a letter saying they would have complimentary tickets for the Miami game so I decided to just check them out."
The three-star athlete added that the visit was impressive.
"I hadn't been on a recruiting visit to State before so I just wanted to see how it was and see how the game and atmosphere was," he said. "The atmosphere there was wild. I mean, just all the people and how loud it stayed. It just sent chills through your body knowing you could be playing in front of that many people and playing for a big school like that."
Despite an impressive showing by the Pack during Melvin's visit, the Blue Devil commit says he still has every intention of suiting up in Durham next fall.
"Right now, I'm solid for Duke," said Melvin. "I just have been going on some visits and a few schools have been getting me to try to change my mind or whatever. But right now, I'm solid."
Melvin talked about Duke and where he sees himself fitting in at the next level.
"Right now Duke is struggling but it just takes time to adjust from the high school level to the college level," he said. "They're not winning now but I hope they'll get it turned around. They see me as rover or maybe a receiver."
Melvin stated that UNC, Clemson and NC State were still maintaining contact. He is rated as the No. 17 player in NC by Scout.com and projects as a full academic qualifier.
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