Rutgers Offers WR Bo Melton

Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer

Jan 6, 2016

By: Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer


Bo Melton

Bo Melton

Just prior to Thanksgiving, standout wide receiver/cornerback Bo Melton paid a visit to the Scarlet Knights.  He wound up coming home with the best early Christmas gift a kid could ask for - an offer from his state's premier college football program.

Melton, a junior at Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, is a rising star on the recruiting circuit.  He has interest and offers elsewhere, of course, but the RU offer holds special significance for him.
"He loves Rutgers," father Gary Melton told Donald Forbes of when asked about his son's affinity for the Scarlet Knights. "He did well at their camp this year as sophomore and I think that was the beginning of some serious mutual interest between the two sides.  He grew up with Rutgers, so they have a special place in his heart for sure."
As Melton alluded to, Scarlet red truly runs through Bo's blood.  Gary played wide receiver and running back for the Scarlet Knights from 1987 through 1991.  He met his wife, Vicky, a Rutgers women's basketball player, while on the banks of the Raritan.
At 6'1" and 180 pounds, Melton had been widely projected to play cornerback at the next level.  However, Melton holds serious promise on both sides of the football and schools like Boston College made early offers to the youngster with the idea of putting him at wide receiver.  It's not immediately clear what Rutgers has in mind for him, but it seems likely that they want to use his immense talent on offense.  
"He really has a tremendous combination of balance and speed. He's very intelligent and he always finds a way to be around the football.  He has a knack for that.  He plays smart and he has a ton of raw talent to go with that.  His best football is unquestionably in front of him," Melton said.
For his part, father Gary believes that his son will wind up playing cornerback in college.  however, a lot of schools prefer him as a slot receiver and as a true team player, he has no real preference between the two positions.  
At present, Melton holds offers from Boston College and Old Dominion as well as RU.  Stanford, Virginia Tech, Villanova, and Kentucky are also showing interest and could join in with offers of their own.  
In his junior season, Melton registered a 913 receiving yards off of 41 catches with 11 touchdowns.  Not satisfied with only attacking through the air, Melton also tallied 748 rushing yards.  At the time of this writing, Gary says that he's unsure about when his son will commit to a school.  Whenever that decision comes down, RU is hoping that Bo will follow his father's footsteps towards Piscataway.