Bo Melton wanted to make a name for himself at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
So the 6-foot, 185-pound athlete from Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City, N.J. ran a 4.3-second laser-timed 40-yard dash. He posted a 39-inch vertical jump. He hit a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump. He dominated one-on-ones.
Not long after that performance, Melton picked up an offer from Michigan.
“I guess they have been waiting to offer me and when I excelled at the camp they decided to make my day a lot brighter my offering me,” Melton said. “I thought I did great, especially because of me running my best 40-yard dash.”
Rutgers, Boston College, Old Dominion and Villanova had already offered Melton.
Notre Dame, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia and several others have shown early interest.
Melton camped at Notre Dame last summer and has remained in close contact with the Irish staff since.
“I get a lot of letters,” he said. “They are very interested and send letters every day.”
During his South Bend visit Melton spoke with several members of the Irish coaching staff, including recruiting coordinator Mike Elston. Notre Dame sees a prospect who could develop on either side of the ball.
“They said athlete,” Melton said. “It was a great camp with great coaches and the school was amazing.”
As a junior, Melton recorded 1,723 all-purpose yards and scored 27 touchdowns despite lining up opposite Michigan commitment Ahmir Mitchell. He also recorded 52 tackles on defense.
Melton also visited Rutgers, Old Dominion and Villanova last year. This spring he hopes to get back to Notre Dame in addition to hitting Michigan, Kentucky, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Melton’s father, Gary, played running back at Rutgers from 1989-1991 before a short stint with the Washington Redskins. His mother Vicki was a point guard on the Rutgers women’s basketball team.
His ties to Rutgers won’t have much of an impact on his college choice.
“It's not going to affect it at all,” Melton said. “My parents told me choose the best college that fits for me and the best well rounded area.”