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UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: OL Jonah Melton

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Enrolled at UNC in January •  Four-star prospect who is a member of the Scout 300 • Considered the No. 11 offensive guard in the country, No. 3 in the South and No. 1 in North Carolina by • In composite rankings, he is listed as the No. 3 player in North Carolina, No. 7 offensive guard in the country and No. 143 regardless of position • Selected to the Under Armour High School All-America Game in Orlando, but did not play due to injury • Tore his ACL in April and missed his senior season.


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RECRUITMENT: Melton burst onto the recruiting scene in the spring following his sophomore season. UNC, NC State, and South Carolina emerged as frontrunners. Although he never claimed a leader, many assumed UNC was his ultimate destination given his connections to the program and its proximity. Melton proved those assumptions correct when he committed to the Tar Heels during the 2015 season.

WHY CAROLINA: “I really didn’t want to go too far from home. That was a big factor for me, because I want my family to come and see wherever I go. And out of my options, Carolina was just everything that I wanted in a school – education, football, and the relationships with the coaches. It was just everything that I wanted.” 

EVALUATION: Although he lined up at left tackle for much of his high school career, Melton will likely slide inside in college because of his broad, 6-foot-3, 293-pound frame. He’s much more of a finesse blocker than a mauler using his quick feet and active hands to mirror and occupy defenders. Thanks to the aforementioned quick feet, Melton is among the best pull blockers you’ll see come out of high school.

HS COACH QUOTES: “I think Jonah is a self-motivated guy. 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. He's very quick off the ball. We like to pull and have our guards lead, and a lot of times when you have a big lineman in space they have a hard time blocking a linebacker just because naturally that linebacker is a better athlete. But, Jonah was athletic enough and mobile enough and quick enough and had enough nastiness that he could do those things. I only can imagine what his senior year would have been like, because his junior year was a very dominant, dominant deal." — John Kirby, Eastern Alamance HS 

UNC HC LARRY FEDORA QUOTES: "He’s one of those guys that we have penciled in as a guard. He’s 6-3, 320 pounds, he’s a people mover. Just a great kid. He’s another one that jumped in early and helped put this class together. And I know he’s looking forward to blocking for the running back we got out of Florida."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: One of the latter schools to offer Melton last spring was UNC, a school less than 25 miles from his home. He not only grew up a huge Tar Heel fan, but his stepfather is a Kenan Stadium electrician. As such, Melton attended some 50 games in Kenan Stadium as a fan. … Read the full subscriber-only report

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