Camp Update: Melvin Alaeze

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6-2, 270 pound Randallstown High School (MD) defensive end Melvin Alaeze made his way down to Blacksburg on Saturday. He didn’t participate in the camp but did make an unofficial visit to see the facilities and talk to the coaching staff.

“It was a mainly positive experience,” Alaeze said of his visit. “I liked the campus and the coaches. I met the players and talked to them about what campus life is like, what the coaching staff is like, and what they do after football season. Basically they were very positive about everything, including the coaches. It was a fun experience.”

Virginia Tech’s coaches went in-depth with Alaeze about the need for defensive ends in this year’s recruiting class. A five-star prospect by Rivals.com, Alaeze is very likely one of the top players on the board.

“Basically they were talking about the need they have for defensive ends,” Alaeze said. “They said they didn’t recruit any ends last year and that ends are a big need this year. Coach Beamer told me he believes in playing freshmen if they feel they can really contribute.”

At this point, Alaeze still does not list any favorites.

“I’m still going through the recruiting process,” Alaeze said. He holds over 20 Division I-A scholarship offers. “I don’t have any favorites.”

His plans for the rest of the summer are uncertain. He is not sure if he will visit any other schools. In terms of official visits, Alaeze wants to make all five and he says he will take them following his football season.

“I still want to take all of my visits,” Alaeze said. “I don’t really know who I’ll visit. I’ll decide who I’m going to visit after football season.”

The most important factors for Alaeze are campus life and the coaching staff. This past weekend, he had a chance to get to know the Tech coaches a little better.

“I’m looking at the campus life and the relationship with the coaches,” Alaeze said. “I’m still feeling the Tech coaches out, but I have a stronger relationship with them after this weekend.”

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