Another talented football player from Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas High school finds his way to Madison, as cornerback Semar Melvin announced on Monday that he verbally committed to Wisconsin.
Melvin is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals, a three-star recruit by 247Sports (both composite and standalone) and ESPN. 247Sports composite rankings list the South Florida native as the No. 60 cornerback in the nation, with Rivals designating him as the No. 40 corner in the country.
Rivals noted 19 offers for Melvin, including Wisconsin, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Purdue and N.C. State. He officially visited UW this past weekend from June 15-17 after visiting the Cavaliers earlier in June.
Listed at 6’0 and 168 pounds on his Hudl profile, he is the second cornerback from South Florida to verbally commit to Wisconsin in this current recruiting cycle, joining Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna), standout James Williams.
The Badgers have seen their fair share of cornerbacks from South Florida in recent memory, among them Derrick Tindal, Faion Hicks, and Dontye Carriere-Williams—the latter also a St. Thomas Aquinas standout in his high school days. Now both Melvin and Williams will join that list.
Bumping up his decision to Monday, Melvin is the No. 12 commit for Wisconsin’s class of 2019, joining Williams, athlete Leo Chenal, quarterback Graham Mertz, offensive linemen Logan Brown and Joe Tippmann, running back Julius Davis, tight end Hayden Rucci, athlete Marcus Graham, defensive linemen Keeanu Benton and Gio Paez, and athlete Dean Engram.
Paez recently announced his verbally commitment to Wisconsin on Sunday evening.