Heels making push for Melvin

It's a common myth to think that once a player commits, his recruitment is over and he can shift his focus to academics or preparation for his senior season. Whiteville (N.C.) defensive back Marquis Melvin, who verbally committed to Duke in March, is proving that myth to be far from the truth.

"Carolina has been coming on strong, lately," stated Melvin, who is ranked No. 12 in TheInsiders.com N.C. Pre-Camp Top 20. "They are telling me everything that I want to hear and trying to, I guess, influence me to change my mind. Right now, I think my decision is stable. I don't think I'm going to change my mind, but it is a long time before February."

Melvin grew up a huge Tar Heels fan, but committed to their rivals, the Blue Devils, because they showed the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder the most initial interest. Additionally, Melvin liked the idea of playing early and the reputation that comes with a Duke education.

"I always wanted to go to Carolina," remarked Melvin. "That was my dream. Duke, they were on me, they were hounding me, [and] they showed me a lot of interest, though. That's why I committed early."

Nothing will change unless the Tar Heels extend an offer to Melvin, whose only offer thus far is from Duke. The All-Conference selection said he will stay committed to a school that has shown commitment to him, but even Melvin admits that Signing Day is still in the distant future.

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