UP NEXT: 2009 Pinewood Prep RB Melvin Lesure

Pinewood Prep's, Melvin Lesure, appeared to be on a mission last fall. The 5-10, 185 pound RB ran for over 1200 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Panthers. After posting such impressive numbers, Lesure is hoping that his name will find itself on several college coaches' lists as a priority for 2009. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Lesure to find out the very latest.

Palmetto State football prospects in the private school rankings rarely get the attention they deserve in regards to recruiting. However, when Pinewood Prep's Melvin Lesure took the field last fall, he was out to prove to everyone that he was an exception to the rules. On Pinewood's first play from scrimmage, the 185 pound back ripped off a 70-yard run down the right sideline for a touchdown in the 37th Annual Sertoma Classic.

After an encore performance in the Sertoma Classic, Lesure never looked back. He continued to put up a solid numbers week in and week out. At the conclusion of his junior season, the 5-10, 185-pounder recorded 1,265 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. Lesure also starred on the defensive side of the ball, where he picked off 4 passes for the Panther's defense.

We asked Lesure to give us a brief synopsis of his game on the field. "I have good awareness on the field," Lesure said. "I also have the ability to break tackles. I try to break a big run every time I touch the football. I am always trying to make something happen whether I have the ball in my hands or not. I like to bring the energy to the field."

After addressing the upside of his game, Lesure mentioned the areas he would like to improve in. "I really need to work on my speed," Lesure said. "Right now I'm running a 4.6 in the forty. I would also like to improve on my blocking and my cuts. I've been running a lot with the parachute and doing a lot of cone drills to improve on my skills. I've also been doing the Scotty Scott workout to improve on my vertical."

On the recruiting side of things, Melvin has been drawing interest from quite a few programs in the SoCon. "Wofford, Citadel, and Furman have all been expressing interest in me," Lesure said. "They really like my desire to fight for extra yards, and my ability to make big plays."

Melvin has been enjoying all of the recruiting attention thus far. However, in an effort to attract even more, he will be taking his skills to the camp circuit this spring/summer. As of date, he plans to camp with the Citadel and South Carolina. He has also been kicking around the idea of attending a few combines as well.

Melvin is merely looking for someone to give him a fair shake in the recruiting world. He has been making all of the necessary preparations to put himself in a good position for Signing Day 2009. He is simply hoping to reap the benefits of the hard work he's been putting in…

2009 Pinewood Prep RB Melvin Lesure

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