Melvin attended Miles College from 1979 to 1983 on an athletic scholarship. While attending Miles, he lettered in baseball under coaches Larry Brown and Ronald Cook. Melvin played first-base and four years starter. He received All Academic Award in 1981 with a 3.5 GPA. Melvin was selected to First Team All SIAC in 1981 and highest Batting Average of 3.45 in 1980 and served as Captain of the team in 1981 and 1982 seasons.