A bond has formed between transplant linebackers Elijah Melendez and Robert Lee at Osceola High School, leading to a strong defensive presence.

By the Numbers
  • Melendez committed to Miami in December while Lee committed to FAU three weeks prior.
  • Melendez is ranked as the No. 8 player in the Sentinel’s 2025 Central Florida Super60, with Lee at No. 16.
Yes, But

The transition from Colorado football to the faster and more physical Florida football was challenging for Melendez.

State of Play
  • College recruiters are showing significant interest in Melendez despite him missing most of last season due to an injury.
  • Osceola's coach is optimistic about the strong linebacker crew and the depth of the defensive line supporting them in a 4-3 scheme.
What's Next

Melendez plans to enroll early at the University of Miami in January and maintains excitement for his commitment to the Hurricanes, despite other school visits.

Bottom Line

Elijah Melendez and Robert Lee's friendship and on-field performance have elevated Osceola High School's defense, with Melendez's commitment to Miami and Lee's to FAU shaping their future in college football.