Sophomore QB Porter apperars to have bright future ahead

By: Dudley E. Dawson
Published: Monday, June 11, 2018
Melchesidech "Jay" Porter
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Melchesidech "Jay" Porter

— One of the best quarterbacks at Arkansas Night Camp on Saturday was also one of the youngest.

Broken Arrow, Okla., sophomore signal caller Melchesidech “Jay” Porter (6-1, 173), who played at Miami High School last season, is a 2021 prospect that got a look from Razorback offensive coordinator Joe Craddock and head coach Chad Morris.

“It was wonderful, wonderful,” Porter said. “We threw some routes, got things flowing and Coach (Craddock) was really helping us out as I try to prefect my craft.”

Porter, who passed for 700 yards last season as a freshman in seven games for the Miami varsity, raved about Morris as a person and notes he has grown up a Razorback fan.

“Coach Morris is phenomenal,” Porter said. “He seems like the kind of guy that will build you up. He really cares about you and he makes sure that you are a great person.”

Porter, who also competes as a wrestler and a had a 4.0 in the classroom as a ninth grader, dubs himself a good liar, but says that’s a good thing on the field.

“I think my best attribute on field is being a good liar, meaning that I have got to make sure the safeties or the DBs think I am going this way when I am actually going this way,” Porter said. “You have to be one step ahead of the game.

“What I have to work on is, what Coach Craddock said I need to work on is being more smooth in the pocket, taking the drop and getting the flowness,” Porter said.

Porter has been to several camps this summer in Kansas City, Dallas, Norman, Fayetteville and Memphis on Sunday.

“It is awesome, it is a big world out there,” Porter said. “I just have to come out there and be a little fish in a big pond and make myself known. At the Next Gen camp, I got MVP and it was awesome.”

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