Three-star Maryland linebacker Mitchell Melton has committed to Ohio State, he announced via Twitter. The No. 44 linebacker chose the Buckeyes over Notre Dame and Michigan.
Melton is rated as the No. 44 linebacker and the No. 655 player nationally.
The Melton File
- Class: 2020
- Size: 6-foot-4, 235 lbs.
- Pos: LB
- School: Good Counsel (Olney, Maryland)
- Composite Rating: ★★★
- Composite Rank: 44 (OLB)
The linebacker made his official visit to Ohio State on June 15 and made his official visits to Notre Dame on June 7 and to Michigan on June 21. After his official to Michigan, it seemed like the Wolverines had the momentum for his pledge, but Michigan added two linebackers last week on top of the three it already had committed.
For introducing the bullet position and the lackluster linebacker class in 2020, Ohio State is fortunate to land two linebackers it likes – Cody Simon and Melton committed within the past week.
Melton ran a 4.87-second 40-yard dash in May. His shuttle time, a much more telling time than the 40-yard dash for a linebacker, was quicker, at 4.27 seconds. For reference, Cody Simon, who is considered a linebacker with above-average athleticism, ran his shuttle in 4.28 seconds at 220 pounds. Melton weighs 235.
|NAME||POSITION||OVERALL RANKING||POSITION RANKING||DATE OF COMMITTMENT|
|PARIS JOHNSON JR.||OT||No. 8||No. 1||JUNE 28, 2018|
|JACK MILLER||QB||No. 71||No. 2 (PRO-STYLE)||JULY 1, 2018|
|LUKE WYPLER||C||No. 61||No. 1||JULY 7, 2018|
|JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA||WR||No. 89||No. 18||NOVEMBER 4, 2018|
|GEE SCOTT JR.||WR||No. 66||No. 13||DECEMBER 25, 2018|
|JAKOB JAMES||OG||No. 793||No. 71 (OT)||JANUARY 21, 2019|
|TREY LEROUX||OT||No. 1,076||No. 92||MARCH 11, 2019|
|LEJOND CAVAZOS||CB||No. 251||No. 20 (S)||APRIL 12, 2019|
|JULIAN FLEMING||WR||No. 5||No. 1||MAY 31, 2019|
|JAKE SEIBERT||K||N/A||No. 2||JUNE 4, 2019|
|GRANT TOUTANT||OT||No. 385||No. 32||JUNE 9, 2019|
|TY HAMILTON||DE||No. 779||No. 39 (SDE)||JUNE 16, 2019|
|CLARK PHILLIPS||CB||No. 46||No. 4||JUNE 21, 2019|
|CODY SIMON||LB||No. 153||No. 10 (OLB)||JUNE 29, 2019|
|DARRION HENRY||DT||No. 121||No. 11||JUNE 29, 2019|
|JOE ROYER||TE||No. 496||No. 13||JULY 2, 2019|
|MITCHELL MELTON||LB||No. 657||No. 43 (OLB)||JULY 3, 2019|
Melton is a recruit that won't make an immediate impact but has less development to make than a typical three-star recruit. He will play a pure linebacker position and already shows an ability to understand the role and responsibilities of a linebacker.