Bo Melton's Father On Commitment

Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer

Apr 23, 2016

By: Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer


Bo Melton

Bo Melton

Recently, the Scarlet Knights landed a game-changing prospect when Cedar Creek High School's Bo Melton agreed to come aboard.  Considered to be one of the very best prospects in the state of New Jersey, Melton could develop into a bonafide star for Rutgers on offense, while also bringing in other high profile recruits.  Melton's commitment was a hit with Scarlet Nation, as well as with his family.

"Of course, we were overjoyed," father Gary Melton told Donald Forbes of  "We slowed him down to ask why, because we wanted him to be sure. We asked him if he wanted to visit any more schools.  We stopped to ask him if he was going because that's where we went, to make sure that he wasn't doing it for us or for any other reason.  And we asked him what he liked most about RU. He's a bright kid and his answers were mature and matter of fact.  He had no doubts and, after we had a lengthy conversation with him, we didn't have any doubts either."
Now, the younger Melton will follow in the same footsteps as his father, likely playing as a wide receiver and kick returner just like Gary.  The elder Melton says that he is overjoyed and still over the moon about his son's commitment.
"It's very special, I don't know how else to describe it.  I don't think it has really set in yet. To have an opportunity to see him play in the same stadium I did, it's just amazing. I'm truly blessed," Melton said.
As a father and former player, one would imagine that Gary Melton is eagerly awaiting his son's first step on the field, his first touchdown, his first bowl game, and other things of that nature.  All of that is true, of course, but there's something else higher up on his personal list.
"I'm more excited about his first day of college classes," Melton said. "I tell him all the time that football fields are the same the world over. As long as he expects to score touchdowns, they will come. Of course, I will celebrate it along with him, but I just want him to enjoy RU like I did."
Ultimately, there are two key things that Gary hopes for when it comes to his son and his collegiate career.
"I want him to stay in good health and win a National Championship"