Hometown: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
High School/Previous School: Benet Academy
Coach Mangurian on Melka: Great size and room to grow. Relentless pursuit and physical playing style. Can align in different spots and cause a match up problem. Explosive tackler, high effort and emotional on the field. Shows good awareness, tipped balls and fumbles. Tremendous upside, has ability to contribute early. Focused and mature young man, strong work ethic and disciplined.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill. ... Played for head coach Patrick New … All-East Suburban Catholic Conference 2012 … Selected all-area by the Daily Herald … Named all-state by Rivals.com … Academic all-state 2012 … Honored as Rookie of the Year as a junior in track & field … Awarded 2013 Illinois State Scholar, a prestigious award given to only 10 percent of high school seniors statewide … Also lettered in track & field.
INTENDED MAJOR: Economics
PERSONAL: Parents are Jeanette and Charlie Melka ... Has an older brother, Nicholas, who currently plays for the Lions.
FUN FACT: Other interests include playing Basketball and watching movies.
WHY COLUMBIA? “Coach Mangurian and his coaching staff, the academics, my brother, Nick’s experience at Columbia. The football scheme and the experience NYC provides.”