Alaeze Down to 6

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Randallstown (MD) 5-star defensive end Melvin Alaeze has narrowed his list to just 6 schools. The next step in his recruiting process will be deciding which of these schools he will make official visits to. He says he will probably make “between 2 and 4” official visits.

“Yes,” Alaeze replied, asked if he had narrowed his list of schools. “I’m considering Maryland, Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida, Florida State and Ohio State. I’m not sure which ones I’m going to visit. I haven’t decided. I’ll wait to talk to my parents about it. I’ll probably do that after the season.”

Alaeze stated the factors that will be central to his decision making process.

“I’ll choose the schools where I have the best relationship between me and the coaches,” Alaeze said. “I want to visit a school that I’m comfortable with. I want to go to a place that will be hard but not too hard to fit in. I want a challenge. I also want to go where the position I play will fit my abilities. Academics are also a factor.”

Alaeze has taken one unofficial visit this month, which was to in-state contender Maryland. It was his first game experience at Maryland.

“I took 1 unofficial visit,” Alaeze said. “I went to the Maryland game versus Northern Illinois. It was real loud. I didn’t know it would be like that. There were so many people there. Maryland has a good defense, and I could see myself fitting in it real nice.

“I plan on taking a couple more [unofficial visits to other schools] but I’m not sure when that’ll happen.”

In addition to landing an early unofficial visit, Maryland is one of the schools whose coaches Alaeze says he feels comfortable with. Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Tony Ball, is the other.

“Probably Maryland and Virginia Tech,” replied Alaeze, asked if there were any coaching staffs he got along with the best.

“Tony Ball is the recruiter from Virginia Tech. Through the recruiting process he has gotten to know me and my family better than other schools, and not just for football.”

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The Season

Randallstown is off to a tough 1-3 start, but Alaeze feels they are now on the right track to success.

“Everything’s going fine,” Alaeze said. “We started off a little shaky, but we’re starting to rebound and I think we’ll be all right. I think we could end the season on a winning streak.”

As a defensive end, Alaeze has 4 or 5 sacks on the year. Extremely athletic and versatile, the

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