Need a playmaker? Check the name Melvin Ray. Wide Receiver, Defensive Back, Kick Returner. He has all the tools and this fall will bring the entire arsenal to North Florida Christian.
NFC Wide Receiver Melvin Ray said, "I don't just catch footballs. I like to return kicks, like to make the big hit or the big block and go all over the field. I wanna be the guy that makes that key thing happen."
NFC Head Football Coach Casey Weldon said, "I think I've seen enough that he'll be an asset to all phases of the game."
Now this Super 6-er has worn several different jerseys in the Capital City. He was a stud for the Chiles Timberwolves for the past 2 seasons, but actually made his freshmen debut playing basketball at Godby High School. That star potential was evident at both schools but he's hoping the ultimate prize comes now at NFC.
Melvin Ray said, "They made it the State Championship last year and fell short so I'm hoping I can be that big time player that they were missing."
Coach Weldon said, "He knows he's good and he's got a lot of offers from schools but he's also one of the hardest workers out here."
Melvin Ray said, "I have a lot of guys that I have to work hard for and an excellent coach that I've got to work hard for. I've just gotta stay humble and keep my head on straight."
If things continue to mesh this well, look for this 6’3”, 195-pound playmaker to help the Eagles fly back to State.
ADDITIONAL MELVIN RAY QUOTABLES:
"It makes me feel better coming to a school where as a wide receiver, you know they're gonna throw the ball around. A lot of them knew me before I got here (to NFC) so when I got here it was easier for me to make a better relationship."
ON BEING A DANGEROUS KICK RETURNER:
"If you're returning a kick-off, it's because most likely the other team has just scored. Kick-offs are definitely a chance to get a quick way to switch the game around. Even a punt return! I love to do it. I'm very smart and have good vision in terms of seeing the holes and where to be, so a kick-off or punt return will easily switch the game around."
"Recruiting comes around and people are gonna tell you what you want to hear. It's a good thing but I still have a senior year left and a lot of guys that I have to work hard for, and an excellent coach I've got to work hard for. I'm just enjoying it now and I've gotta stay humble and keep my head on straight."
COACH CASEY WELDON ON MELVIN RAY:
"Obviously he's a heck of an athlete. His ability stands out but when you sit there and work with him, he's also one of the top workers out there and that's what you want to see. He knows he's good and he's got a lot of offers from schools but he's one of the hardest workers out here."