Three-star Linebacker Mitchell Melton Commits to Ohio State

By Taylor Lehman on July 3, 2019 at 11:47 am
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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.

OHIO STATE 2020 COMMITS
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.

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