Ohio State '20 MD LB (RS SR) - Mitchell Melton

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    Mitchell Melton on official visit, will also see Michigan
    Ohio State also hosted target Mitchell Melton, the nation’s 43rd-ranked outside linebacker, over their first big official visit weekend for the 2020 class. Melton, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect from Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) High School, arrived Friday night and left on Sunday afternoon, spending roughly two days with the coaching staff.

    It went very well, according to Ohio State sources who cited the focus on personal development ahead of football development and made sure to note that Melton is a good personality fit with the program. The question from here is whether or not he thinks the same thing — and whether or not he wants to be a true linebacker at the next level or more of a rush end, the position that Notre Dame sees him playing.

    His family ties are to Ohio, but the decision he’s making isn’t that easy. The Buckeyes did a good job with him and his family, though.

    “They did a great job with their official visit,” Melton said. “It gave me a great feel for the school and how I would fit in their program.

    “We have known [linebackers coach Al] Washington for a while now and the relationship was already strong, so it was very easy to meet with him and just enjoy his company.”

    What happens from here is anyone’s guess. With a July 3 decision date on tap, Melton knows that his upcoming visit to Michigan will be his final stop before a college choice. He’s just working to sort out the very different choices ahead of him.

    Ohio State has choices to make as well, however. There are some discussions about the number of linebackers that are needed in the 2020 recruiting class. And while Melton has been a top choice for a while now, New Jersey’s Cody Simon has quickly risen up the list and will make his official visit to Ohio State this coming weekend.
     
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    Mitchell Melton ‘close’ to knowing his final choice
    Ohio State top target Mitchell Melton made his final official last weekend with his family, visiting Michigan.

    As the Wolverines were reeling in a number of commitments — right now the number appears to be 10 — speculation began that Melton, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound outside linebacker prospect, was one of them. He was not and told Lettermen Row that he couldn’t allow the energy and buzz around him in Ann Arbor to force his hand.

    “Everyone has their own process,” Melton said following that visit. “I can’t be swayed into a decision by others, this is my decision.”

    That also means Maryland’s 19th-ranked prospect, who has deep family ties to the state of Ohio, isn’t going to be swayed by his family’s preferences, though right now no one is trying to push him in any specific direction.

    “Thankfully no [pressure],” he said. “No one has bugged me. I’m just trying to relax.”

    A final decision is expected by Melton on July 3, and right now he’s almost made that pick in his mind.

    “I’m pretty close,” he said. “But I’m not sure yet. Just trying to find the place that feels the most like home right now I guess.”‘

    Ohio State has zero commitments from linebackers and would like to take no more than two, with Melton and Cody Simon as the only real targets on the current board. Michigan has two players committed at linebacker. Recent addition William Mohan, listed as an athlete, will play the Viper position in the Wolverines defense, a spot similar to the linebacker/safety hybrid Bullet position that the Buckeyes will deploy beginning this fall.
     
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    Mitchell Melton

    Following Cody Simon’s commitment to Ohio State on Saturday, the Buckeyes have just one linebacker commit in a class that haven’t produced many linebackers Ohio State would take at this point. Melton really enjoyed his official visit to Michigan last weekend, but during that weekend, the Wolverines added two more linebacker commits on top of the three they already have. His commitment date is set for Wednesday, and I’d expect him to choose the Buckeyes.
     
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    Final call on Buckeyes top target Mitchell Melton

    Though he’s not in Frisco, the Buckeyes are due to find out soon if the energy and effort put into the recruitment of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 3-star linebacker Mitchell Melton will pay off.

    Melton, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect who has deep family roots to the state of Ohio, will make his college decision on Wednesday and choose from a final three schools of Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

    Maryland’s 19th-ranked 2020 prospect, Melton has visited all three of those top schools in an official capacity and did so during a three-week stretch of June, with both the Wolverines and the Irish reportedly feeling optimistic they’d be the choice for him at various points but sources that I’ve spoken to in Columbus about Melton for the last few months have never wavered in their belief that Ohio State was a much more serious contender to land him than it was being given credit for.

    On Wednesday, the choice for Melton will come down to three key factors: development, academics and relationships. He talked about his decision and his recruitment with Lettermen Row two months ago and not much, other than the fact that his official visits have been completed, has changed.

    We at Lettermen Row have thought for a while that Melton would end up in Ohio State’s class of 2020 and we still do.
     
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