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Two Pac-10 offers for Melvin

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Dwight Melvin said Monday night that he's visiting UCLA in June and that he's strongly considering a commitment because his favorite school, Arizona, had not offered him yet.
That changed Tuesday morning when the Wildcats got in the mix and now the Laveen (Ariz.) Fairfax defensive end who earned the defensive line MVP at the recent Stanford NIKE Camp has a lot of thinking to do.
In some ways, those two offers are a dream come true.
"My freshman year our coach had us write down our top five colleges and my No. 1 pick was U of A and my second was UCLA," Melvin said. "My third was Boise, my fourth was Penn and my fifth I couldn't remember."
Melvin, a 6-foot-1, 245-pound prospect, now has offers from his two favorite Pac-10 schools and interest coming in from others.
He will visit UCLA on June 18 and that's a big trip because coach Rick Neuheisel left a big impression on him and his family soon after Melvin shined at the NIKE Camp two weekends ago.
The Bruins were the first to offer and that means a lot to Melvin, who said he's also receiving interest from Boise State and USC.
"I was at the airport and my mom was back home in Arizona and coach called my mom and asked if she had my cell phone number and then told her that he wanted to be the first one to offer her son a full-ride scholarship," Melvin said.
"I did not know I was going to come out of that camp with an offer. I just gave 100 percent and it worked out for me and I got a good result out of it."
Melvin, who had 18 tackles and two sacks despite missing four games due to injury in his junior season, said Monday he was strongly thinking about committing during his trip to UCLA. Now that Arizona has offered that could throw his recruitment for a loop.
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