Olney (Md.) Good Counsel three-star linebacker Mitchell Melton (6-3 1/2, 235) committed to Ohio State, announcing his decision via Twitter July 3.
I’d like to thank God, my family, friends, and coaches.
Committed to The Ohio State University. #Gobucks
-Proverbs 29:23 pic.twitter.com/3oScMfgcjZ
— Mitchell Melton. (@m17m__) July 3, 2019
Melton chose the Scarlet and Gray over fellow storied programs, Michigan and Notre Dame.
Melton is the No. 657 overall prospect and No. 43 outside linebacker in the country, and the No. 19 recruit out of Maryland.
The Olney, Md., native displayed athleticism at his size at The Opening, running the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds and completing the 20-yard shuttle in 4.27 seconds. He also jumped 32.1 inches in the vertical leap.
The athletic linebacker also played wide receiver for Good Counsel, showing dynamic versatility.
At outside linebacker, Melton often defended the pass as well as the outside run. He showed excellent instincts on the edge, and delivered the boom to many who crossed his path.
Melton became member No. 17 of Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class, joining four-star defensive tackle Darrion Henry, four-star linebacker Cody Simon and four-star cornerbacks Clark Phillips III and Lejond Cavazos as the Buckeyes’ fifth commit on defense.
The Buckeyes offered Melton on Dec. 3, and he took his official visit June 14.