Written by Matt Wixon
Back to the football roots of newest Dallas Cowboy Henry Melton: A monstrous running back at Grapevine
You've probably heard that the Cowboys and free-agent defensive tackle Henry Melton have agreed to a one-year contract with a club option for three more years. That story has details about Melton's time with the Chicago Bears.
Here's some information about his time at Grapevine High School.
Melton was listed as "athlete" in the Class of 2005 state recruiting rankings, and he was the No. 6 overall recruit in Texas. But although he was 6-3 and 270 pounds, he went to Austin hoping to star at running back for the Longhorns.
Melton was a bruising running back for Grapevine, and he was moved up to the varsity team midway through his freshman season. As a sophomore, he led the team in rushing with 608 yards.
"I want to get stronger, faster, better," Melton said during his junior year. "I'm one to think while I'm sitting around thinking about my opponent, they're probably working out, getting better than me."
But slowed by an injury as a senior, he only rushed for 731 yards and eight touchdowns. Then he chose Texas over Texas A&M for college.
"I plan to shave off a few pounds, maybe 15-20, and I'll be even faster and more ready," Melton said after he announced his decision to sign with Texas.
But Melton, who played defensive end for Grapevine, was moved to defensive end at Texas near the end of his sophomore season. The move worked out well for Melton, who spent the last four seasons with the Bears.