Recently ranked a five-star prospect and the number 16 overall prospect in the country by Rivals.com, Randallstown (MD) defensive end Melvin Alaeze possesses the strength and speed colleges covet along the defensive line. Alaeze showed his talents as a junior last season, finishing with 15 sacks and close to 20 tackles-for-loss.
This Spring, he continued to impress recruiters with solid showings at the Elite Combine and the Nike Camp in State College, PA.
“Melvin is 6-2, 270 pounds,” Randallstown Head Coach Albert Howard said. “He ran a 4.69 at the Elite Combine and in the mid 4.6s at the Nike Camp at Penn State. He plays defensive end and fullback for us, although he will play tight end next season. Melvin has that rare combination of speed and strength. Physically, he’s more mature than some college players even though he just turned 17.
“Another thing is his work ethic, which is just tremendous. Melvin has already been to those two combines and he would go to just about every camp he could possibly go to if we didn’t hold him back. He loves the competition.”
Alaeze believes his pass rushing ability separates him from the rest of the nation’s defensive end prospects. He is an adequate run-stopper as well.
“My speed is a strength,” Alaeze said. “I have the ability to keep up with most running backs. I can run right with them down the sideline. The strongest point of my game is my pass rush. I still want to work on basic pass rushing moves and increase the quickness in my first step. My run-stopping ability is ok…I think I’m decent but I can definitely improve.”
Schools from all across the country have flocked to Randallstown. Close to 25 Division I-A programs, including Miami, USC, Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA, Penn State, Maryland, and Virginia Tech, among others, have extended official scholarship offers. While the Hokies have offered, UVa has not according to Alaeze.
“Just Virginia Tech [has offered],” Alaeze said. “UVa hasn’t offered. They are recruiting me, but I’m not sure what’s going on with an offer.”
Tony Ball is the lead recruiter for the Hokies. Alaeze, who says he likes Virginia Tech’s program and coaches, has never visited Blacksburg.
“Virginia Tech is a good school,” Alaeze said. “I don’t know too much specifically…just that it’s Virginia Tech. They have a good program. They have good academics. I’ve heard there it’s a quiet environment...
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