Varsity Preps

On The Rise

Many sophomores across the state of Texas had breakout seasons in the fall and picked up early offers from Division 1 colleges this spring. One player that hopes to build on a solid sophomore year with a more impressive junior campaign is Klein (TX) Forest defensive end Melquan Primes.

“I had about 10 sacks last year,” Primes said. “I don’t really remember how many tackles I had this season, probably around 50.”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, who is still waiting on his first offer, has been clocked as low as 4.71 in the 40-yard dash. His bench press max of 250, squat max of 325 and power clean max of 225 are all sure to improve in the next two years.

“They want me to be the leader of our defense because we have me and two other sophomores returning,” Primes said. “I started, the other two didn’t start. They want a lot out of me. Our coach told me that I need to be more vocal on defense.”

Primes began his sophomore year at 6-foot, 175 pounds but grew two inches and put on 15 pounds. If this growth continues, he could translate to an end or outside linebacker at the college level.

“My schools runs a 4-3, so I haven’t tried any outside linebacker,” Primes said. If I don’t get any bigger then I might move to outside linebacker or strong safety…My defensive end coach said by my senior year, if I’m about 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, then I would be a solid size to get into a college.”


So far Primes has received interest from Oklahoma State, TCU, UTSA, and North Texas.

“I was going to go to the Nike combine that came to our area,” Primes said. “I was invited but wasn’t able to go. I got invited to a camp at OSU that I’m going to be going to over the summer, and I’m going to the National Underclassmen Ccamp.”

“TCU sent me a letter of interest. They want me to come take the SAT and ACT. They want me to get a score on that so they can see where I’m at.”

Primes really displayed his ability to get to the quarterback last season and hopes to develop into a better all around defensive end for this coming fall.

“I think that’s one of my greatest strengths,” Primes said of his ability to get to the quarterback. “My coaches are helping show me techniques. They help show me how to stop the run. That’s one of my weaknesses, but we’ve been working on that this spring. My coaches like what they see so they moved me up to varsity my sophomore year.”



One Comment

  1. Karen Miller

    May 30, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Keep up the good work son, I’m very proud of you. Work Hard, Stay focused, & Make the most of your talent. Love You!

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