NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

Widely-recruited DB Lundy joins SHS teammates at Newberry

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 2/7/19

Melvin Lundy was a young man who was in demand in the college football recruiting circles in the early signing period of December of 2018 for the 2019 recruiting class.

The Sumter High School defensive back had offers from Football Bowl …

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

Widely-recruited DB Lundy joins SHS teammates at Newberry

Sumter's Melvin Lundy, middle, is flanked by family and coaches as he signs to play college football at Newberry College during a National Signing Day event at Sumter High on Wednesday.
Sumter's Melvin Lundy, middle, is flanked by family and coaches as he signs to play college football at Newberry College during a National Signing Day event at Sumter High on Wednesday.
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Melvin Lundy was a young man who was in demand in the college football recruiting circles in the early signing period of December of 2018 for the 2019 recruiting class.

The Sumter High School defensive back had offers from Football Bowl Subdivision schools Georgia Southern and Georgia State, Football Championship Subdivision schools Tennessee Tech and East Tennessee State and NCAA Division II North Greenville. Instead of signing though, Lundy decided to wait.

"I was hoping an offer would come from a bigger Division I (FBS) school would come," he said.

It never did, but another offer did come - from Newberry College, a DII school. And on Wednesday, Lundy signed with the Wolves.

Lundy joined SHS teammates Antonio Roach and Andre Amaker in signing with Newberry in a ceremony at the Sumter High mini-gymnasium.

Other Gamecocks signing on Wednesday were wide receiver Keshawn Croskey with Pike University and defensive back Abraham Temoney with Erskine College.

Lundy said his decision to sign with Newberry came down to two simple things: remaining close to home and being able to continue having Roach and Amaker as teammates.

"My parents wanted me to go to Tennessee Tech," Lundy said. "When it came down to it though, I decided I wanted to stay close to home. And it will be great to continue to play with my teammates at this level."

Lundy was a 3-year starter for the Gamecocks and was twice an all-region selection. Playing safety this past season. The 5-foot-11-inch, 166-pound Lundy had 35 tackles and two interceptions to go with two tackles for loss.

He was a danger on special teams as well. He returned 15 punts for 294 yards, a 19.6 return average, with a long of 56.

Lundy's athleticism is what SHS head coach Mark Barnes thinks is his biggest selling point.

"Melvin is just so versatile in what he can do," Barnes said. "He's an exciting player; he can play cornerback, safety - he can play wide receiver.

"Plus, he's a very physical player, That's one of the qualities that (Newberry head) Coach (Todd) Knight likes about our team is that we play physical football. Melvin plays with great physicality."

Newberry is a member of the South Atlantic Conference. The Wolves had a 5-6 overall record this past season and went 3-4 in the SAC.

"It means a lot to be getting this chance," Lundy said. "It's everything I've prayed for, that I've dreamed of. I'm thankful for everything."