UNC Lands Four-Star 2017 OL Jonah Melton

North Carolina started its 2017 recruiting class with a terrific foundational piece with a commitment from the state's top junior offensive lineman on Saturday.

Prior to North Carolina’s Saturday night game against Wake Forest, four-star offensive lineman Jonah Melton gave the Tar Heels their first verbal commitment of the 2017 class.

Melton, a 6-foot-3, 293-pounder from Mebane (N.C.) Eastern Alamance, selected UNC over fellow favorites NC State and South Carolina. He also received scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, Miami, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.

Chris Kapilovic, UNC’s offensive line coach, led Melton’s recruitment.

This past summer, Melton twice camped at UNC, including Fedora’s Freak Show. He has also visited Clemson, NC State, and Wake Forest.

After starting at right tackle as a sophomore, Melton was moved to left tackle this season. However, he’s projected to move to guard on the collegiate level.

“I think Jonah is a self-motivated guy,” Eastern Alamance head coach John Kirby said. “He works hard. He works hard to be a perfectionist. Coming in, he was a big kid and you knew he had some potential to be pretty good… I think Jonah is a really good player, but I think he’s a projection guy, too. He’s a big, strong kid that we feel like is only going to get better.”

In the 2017 Scout.com rankings, Melton is the No. 1 offensive lineman in North Carolina, the No. 10 offensive guard in the country, and the No. 150 overall prospect nationwide.

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