"I thought this day would never come," she said.
And now it's here.
"It's nice," she said. "I have been playing soccer since I was 4 years old, and to get something out of it is a big accomplishment."
Imagine how her parents feel.
Parents tend to get more sentimental at a time like this. It is a time to remember all the car rides to games, to tournaments, in New Jersey, out of state. The calendar was always full, and many parents wouldn't have it any other way, rearranging their schedules to see as many games as possible.
That was certainly the case with Terrance and Michelle Blevins, Melissa's parents.
Terrance coached his daughter in her early years and continued to watch her grow, as a soccer player and a person.
"It is a bittersweet day," Terrance said of signing day. "They grow up so fast."
As fast as the memories are accumulated.
"I don't think it has really sunk in that my little girl is leaving me," Terrance said. "I couldn't be prouder of her."
For Melissa Blevins' parents and many out there, this is their day also to celebrate and enjoy a moment or two of introspection.
"I don't know the words to explain, I am so ecstatic for her and happy that this is finally here," Michelle Blevins said.
The parents didn't want to influence their daughter's decision, but privately they were hoping that she would choose a school relatively close to home.
Imagine their reaction when they found out they wouldn't have to leave the state to continue following her games.
"I would be attending her games no matter where she played, but this is great for us and we're happy most of all because it's such a good school," her mother said.
Melissa Blevins has the dream of any recruit, to excel on the field. She also has her academic priorities in order.
She is looking to major in criminal justice with the goal of one day working for the FBI.
Blevins liked what she saw from the school and soccer program and saw no reason to delay her decision.
Recruiting can be a pressurized time for youngsters, and once she made the decision, she felt the typical sense of relief that engulfs most student athletes.
On Wednesday, just like her parents, there will be a sense of pride when she signs that letter of intent. A lifetime of work, symbolized by one signature on a piece of paper.
"I have been waiting for this day a long time," Melissa said.
So have her parents.
For them, their little girl is moving and the memories accumulated to reach this point are worth even more than any scholarship can provide.
Marc Narducci: South Jersey College Commitments
Commitments for field hockey, boys' and girls' soccer, and boys' and girls' track, the sports in which athletes may sign letters of intent on Wednesday. This list is for players attending Division I or II schools. (Ivy League schools don't sign a letter of intent, but are included.) Football commitments appear on pages C8-9. E-mail any additions to Marc Narducci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Player High school College
Emily Arnot Shawnee Delaware
Alana Barry Eastern Iowa
Alexa Branco Clearview Delaware
Carolynn Clark Haddonfield Villanova
Liz Cruz Ocean City Columbia
Zenee Gadson Glassboro Ball State
Rebecca Holden Lower Cape May Virginia
Rachel Ippolite Kingsway Rider
Megan Johnston Haddonfield Penn
Madison Jung Eastern Harvard
Rachel Lombardi Cherokee Longwood
Julia Osisek Eastern James Madison
Victoria Radwell Shawnee Michigan State
Ali Stever Ocean City Rutgers
Abby Watson Shawnee Bucknell
Tara Ballay Delran Rider
Rebecca Barb Kingsway Nova Southeastern
Alexa Bergey Kingsway Philadelphia U.
Dana Bernetich Bishop Eustace Richmond
Melissa Blevins Highland Seton Hall
Victoria Cocozza Cinnaminson Mount St. Mary's
Devin Dougherty Gloucester Catholic Old Dominion
Kelly Farrell Timber Creek Old Dominion
Rebecca Forcellini Cinnaminson UNC-Charlotte
Janae Genonnetti Paul VI St. Joseph's
Melanie Gilatto Clearview Catawba
Erica Graziosi Paul VI St. Joseph's
Emily Hansinger Bishop Eustace Seton Hall
Colleen Howard Holy Cross Monmouth
Rachel Jackson Cherokee West Chester
Alexandra Johnson Bishop Eustace Delaware
Katie Johnston Haddonfield William & Mary
Jordan Jones Winslow Township Old Dominion
Kelly Kane Gloucester Catholic East Stroudsburg
Regina Kelly West Deptford Lenior-Rhyne
Courtney Kovac Lenape UNC-Wilmington
Taylor Lewis Willingboro Tusculum
Shelby Lyon Seneca West Virginia
Patrice Maro Haddon Township Philadelphia U.
Olivia McEachern Timber Creek St. Joseph's
Kim Nale Cherokee Kutztown
Ashley Nolan Holy Cross Bloomfield
Brittany Ratcliffe Paul VI Virginia
Loren Reilley Paul VI UNC-Charlotte
Katie Rigby Lenape Utah
Alexis Robinson Absegami Catawba
Courtney Rosu Hammonton Western Carolina
Erica Skroski Absegami Rutgers
Kelsey Tierney Absegami Iona
Shannon Westhead Lenape St. Joseph's
Greg Biggiani Shawnee Lafayette
Bobby Briggs Lenape La Salle
Angelo Dambalas Cherokee Philadelphia U.
Andrew Garcia Timber Creek St. Francis (Pa.)
Sonimi Halliday Timber Creek Rider
Nick Savino Moorestown UC Santa Barbara
Ryan Schroy Shawnee Philadelphia U.
Holly Bischof Bishop Eustace Duke
Madeline Hummel Holy Cross Rider
Dina Iacone Washington Twp. Cornell
Maria Jimenez Vineland Monmouth
Megan Kirschling West Deptford Elon
Tracey Masterson Mainland Monmouth
Darrell Bush Woodbury LSU
Isaac Williams Willingboro Houston
- Marc Narducci
Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at email@example.com, 856-779-3225 or @sjnard on Twitter. Find his Rally columns at www.philly.com/narducci