5-star Randallstown (MD) defensive end Melvin Alaeze has set his first official visit for this weekend. It will be to the University of Maryland, a school he lists as one of his top two favorites.
“I’m going to Maryland this weekend,” Alaeze said. “It’s the only one I have set right now. Right now, the only other school I’m looking at visiting is Virginia Tech. I definitely want to take a visit to Virginia Tech [before making a decision].
“I’m still considering other schools, but those are the two main favorites. They are dead even right now.”
Alaeze says his decision will come down to “where I feel most comfortable.” What is it about Maryland and Virginia Tech that has them ahead of the other schools on his list right now?
“My communication with the coaches, both have campuses that look nice and I’ve talked to a couple of players at each school,” Alaeze said. “For both schools, they have hard-nosed defenses that like to get after the ball. They both play at a fast tempo and that’s my kind of style.”
Maryland has been in-home with the 6-3, 270-pound star prospect and Virginia Tech is expected to be in-home tonight. No other schools have been in-home at this point. Other schools being considered include Miami, Southern California and Penn State.
When asked if he would make a decision at the Army All-American Bowl on January 15th, Alaeze said he’s “not too sure.” He said he’s “up in the air” in terms of when he may make a decision.
Alaeze had a solid senior season, finishing with 64 tackles and 18.5 sacks amidst consistent double teams.
“I feel like I played fairly well this year,” Alaeze said. “I was frustrated with the double teams but that’s just something I had to deal with. It opened it up for other players on my team to make plays.”
Star Randallstown (MD) CB Jamari McCollough has committed to the University of Maryland. Will that affect Alaeze’s choice?
“Not really,” Alaeze said.
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