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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:29 am

What’s not to like about Lorenzo Melvin.

First there is the eye test and at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, the Desert Vista senior-to-be more than passes it.

The game footage proves he is not just a weight room wonder as he had seven sacks last year and held his own against Corona del Sol’s Andrus Peat, who was one of the nation’s most sought after offensive tackles before signing with Stanford.

Those are attributes thousands of football players around the country posses, but the one thing that would draw me to Melvin if I was a college recruiter is his background.

His father, Patrick, was a military brat before enlisting himself and he is currently the chief of police of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

His older siblings - Jasmine and Patrick II – have chosen a military path as well.

In other words, chances are Melvin is going be dedicated and won’t stray far from the path.

Melvin is an ideal recruit in my mind.

He has had three programs show an interest with Western Illinois offering this week, while South Dakota State was the first to offer. Navy has also shown some interest.

If he puts up an even better season in 2012 the bigger offers will come. Melvin might even be able to use some family to get that notice.

His cousin is Mountain Pointe senior offensive lineman Kenny Lacy, who has more than 20 offers and official visits scheduled for Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arkansas.

So Lacy is definitely going big time and if Melvin, a defensive end who just might line up across from the Pride offensive tackle, has a good game in the Ahwatukee Bowl it will turn some heads.

The Thunder have four other players with offers in offensive lineman Mitch Wherli (North Dakota), running back Jarek Hilgers (Air Force and San Diego State), defensive tackle Dylan Fischer (Navy) and safety Nick Farina (South Dakota State), but if I could take just one of those five players it just might be Melvin.

He has all of the makings of someone who is going to truly blossom once he reaches the college level.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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