After a standout performance at the Elite College Combine in New Jersey on May 1, linebacker Mike Mele from Manasquan, N.J. is starting to get a lot more attention. He received his first written offer recently as well.
"I think I did pretty well at the combine", said the 6-0, 210-pound linebacker. "Although I ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, I still think I can break 4.5."
Last season Mele rushed for more than 1,700 yards and scored 20 touchdowns while registering 91 tackles on defense. He led Manasquan to another state championship.
Mele, who competed at the Elite as a linebacker, tested very well. In addition to his 40 time, he also broad jumped 10-feet-3 inches and had a 4.31-second pro-agility.
Mele recently received an offer from Syracuse and is hoping that his performance along with the many tapes he sent out will help boost his stock.
"I like Syracuse, you always remember your first offer," he said. "Its a school I am going to look at closely."
Besides Syracuse, plenty of others have shown interest.
"I'm hearing from a bunch of schools right now, including UConn, Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and others. All of the schools are recruiting me as a weakside linebacker."
Although Mele is not ready to make his college choice today, he does want to have it done before his senior season begins.
"It would be nice to have my decision made by the end of June if possible. I want to have a clear mind heading into this season."