Valley Preps

High school football: Pacelli DL Melvin signs with Shaw University

Mike Melvin

Melvin, who also played at Hardaway for three seasons, said he began his quest for a football scholarship as a freshman when coaches told him it was an obtainable goal.

“My coach told me to go hard from day one and the reward will be greater at the end,” Melvin said. “As I developed, growing bigger, taller, stronger, faster over the four years, it just seemed like a very reachable goal for me this year.”

Melvin said he will work toward earning early playing time but may redshirt his freshman season with the Bears, who have won three of the previous four Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships. He expects to play defensive end for Shaw.

“It depends on how I perform when I get up there,” Melvin said. “I hope to see the field early, but if I don’t, I’ll probably redshirt and come out my freshman year playing a lot.”

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