Wisconsin Signing Class Preview - Semar Melvin

Wisconsin Signing Class Preview - Semar Melvin

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Wisconsin Signing Class Preview - Semar Melvin

MADISON, Wis – With the early signing period for high school football players beginning on December 19, Badgers Insider takes a closer look at the recruits expected to sign with the University of Wisconsin.

In this edition, we examine Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Semar Melvin.

Senior Season

Playing for the powerhouse Raiders program, Melvin helped St. Thomas Aquinas go 13-2 and advance to the state title game. In 10 games he has stats for, Melvin had nine tackles and 13 pass breakups, a forced fumble and a recovery. In man-to-man coverage, Melvin didn’t give up a touchdown, impressive considering the high-level competition Aquinas usually plays against.

“As a team, we accomplished a lot,” Melvin said. “I’m proud of how far we went in the season and how the team stuck through and got through all the adversity we were faced with. I love every one of them, they’re like brothers to me.”

Skill Set

It’s tough to find a secondary that is as loaded as what St. Thomas Aquinas has at its disposal. Melvin competes against four-star prospects every day at his position, players that committed to Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Going against that type of talent forces players to be better.

Melvin is listed around 6-foot, but he has a good vertical at 37 inches and good reach, allowing him to defend underneath and out routes with a good break on the ball.

“I worked on everything (last summer),” Melvin said. “I really took time and focused on getting back to the basics and perfecting all the little things, backpedal, breaks, eyes, hands, jam, etc. No matter if I was good at it or bad at it, I trained and tried to perfect everything like I was just learning it for the first time. It helped in the long run because it really slowed the game down for me and it made me more comfortable while playing so that increased my level of play significantly.”

Like many Florida cornerbacks, Melvin is highly confident in his ability on the football field. Aquinas played a lot of press coverage, so he’s not afraid to put his hands on a receiver and be physical at the line of scrimmage. He ran a 4.73 in the 40-yard dash last spring (a number he has improved to 4.53) but has also run a 10.81 100-meter dash last year, so there’s some quickness to his game.

Adding weight to his frame is a must (165 pounds is too light) and he’ll need to improve his tackling techniques. If he does those two things, Melvin has a chance to start competing for playing time from the time he gets on campus.

“I’m not really the talker, but my play will definitely speak volumes,” Melvin said.  “You will know I’m on the field.”

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