Melvin solid with Arizona

Dwight Melvin

Dwight Melvin recently visited Arizona to meet the new coaching staff. Read on to see what he thought of the coaches, campus, and more.

Since being hired as Arizona's head football coach, Rich Rodriguez has made recruiting one of his immediate priorities. There were over a dozen holdover commits from the Mike Stoops era and Rodriguez has been able to maintain the class intact thus far.

One such player who has stayed solid in his commitment is 6-foot-1, 265-pound Laveen (Ariz.) Betty H. Fairfax defensive end Dwight Melvin. Melvin chose UA way back on July 29th and, despite the firing of Mike Stoops and nearly his entire staff, the defensive lineman hasn't wavered.

Melvin recently ventured to Tucson to meet the new staff and visit the campus. The product from Laveen was busy on his trip and took in a lot of information while on campus.

"It was great," Melvin said. "The first thing we did when we got there was meet all of the coaches and we went to dinner; that was just that night.

"The second day we went to breakfast and did the campus tour. Then they showed us all about the class courses and how they help you out with your classes and all that. Then we went to dinner after that."

He also had a chance to take a look around campus and was impressed with his surroundings.

"It's a beautiful campus," Melvin said. "They have great buildings. It was just great."

Rodriguez has spent a fair time getting to know the recruits landed by the previous staff. Melvin has been able to stay in contact with the new UA head coach and the two appear to be building a solid relationship.

"Coach Rodriguez has been the one contacting me so far," Melvin said. "He asked me what position I play and what I want to major in."

When a program transitions from one coaching staff to the next, it's really difficult to predict how high school recruits – especially ones committed to the previous staff – are going to react to the changes. After getting to know Rodriguez, Melvin seems to be more than approving of the coach and the direction he wants to take the program.

"He's a real cool coach," Melvin said. "He's a straight forward coach and he likes to have fun too."

With Signing Day just a couple of months away, Melvin appears to have no desire to retest the waters and is ready to become a Wildcat.

"I am completely U of A," Melvin said.

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