Get That Little Paper
Melvin Ray
National Recruiting Editor
Posted May 11, 2007
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


Melvin Ray has a great relationship with Florida coaches, but it's Florida State he's followed. "I live about 10 minutes away," he said. "It's just a straight shot. The fans are great, especially since I'm from here. They treat you like family. It's all about FSU football here. I love Doak Campbell stadium. It's really loud. It' doesn't even have to be a big game for it to be packed..."

Melvin Ray the 6-foot-3, 202-pound Scout.com four-star wide receiver, from North Florida Christian High School in Tallahassee (Fla.), who already has nine scholarship offers.

Ray, ranked the No. 79 best player in the country by Scout.com, has been offered by LSU, Florida State, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arizona State, South Carolina, Miami and Maryland. Although he denies a leader, he said he favors Florida, Florida State, LSU, Georgia, Alabama and Ole Miss. "I'm very open," Ray said.

"Florida hasn't offered yet," he said. "They verbally offered me, but I don't count it until I get the little paper. I talk with them all the time and I've built a great relationship with (wide receiver) coach Billy Gonzales. I probably have the best relationship with him out of all the coaches. We talk about everything.

"I've been to Florida a few times and I really like everything about them."

Ray attended the Gator Junior Day and he also plans to attend their camp in July. He'll also be at the Mississippi camp this summer.

Despite his relationship with the Gator coaches, it's another Florida school that Ray grew up watching. "I live about 10 minutes away," he said. "It's just a straight shot. The fans are great, especially since I'm from here. They treat you like family. It's all about FSU football here. I love Doak Campbell stadium. It's really loud. It' doesn't even have to be a big game for it to be packed.

"I like the coaches a lot too because they don't beat around the bush," Ray emphasized. "I like (offensive coordinator) Jimbo Fisher, he's great guy and he came to my practice last week. He's really relaxed and the first thing he said to me was to do whatever I need to do to help my team."

Ray got his first scholarship offer from Mississippi during his sophomore year. "I went to their junior day and they really showed me a great time when I was there," Ray said. "They made sure that I got a chance to talk with all of the coaches and I love how energetic and enthusiastic (head coach) Ed Orgeron is.

"Ole Miss is also really nice and has a pretty campus," he said. "The facilities are really good and they surprised me because I didn't expect it to be that nice. They are top-notch and can hang with any school."

Ray says that he doesn't have a timetable for a decision, but he knows what he's looking for. "I definitely want to have a great relationship with the coaches and feel like I can relate to the people there," he said. "Academically I can't go wrong with any of these schools. Also, I want to play in a loud stadium."

He finished his junior season with 36 receptions for over 500 yards and nine touchdowns. "I'm very strong and come off the line well," he said. "I'm physical and can jump over most guys. I just go up and get the ball. I'm almost 6-4. It's unfair sometimes.

"I want to still improve my quickness off the line. I think I can get even quicker and want to get that extra step and be able to breakaway from the fast corners. I just want to have that extra cushion."

Ray benches 240 pounds, squats 340 and has a 39-inch vertical jump. He also runs the 40 yard dash in 4.55 seconds.

He reports a 2.8 core GPA and is taking the SAT in June.



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