VT Impresses 5-Star DE

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Randallstown (MD) defensive end Melvin Alaeze – a 5-star prospect that is, without a doubt, a top target for Virginia Tech in the 2005 recruiting class – made an official visit to Blacksburg last weekend. According to Randallstown Head Coach Albert Howard, Alaeze was impressed by the experience.

“He said he really liked it,” Howard said. “I think he really enjoyed the visit. He was impressed with the individuality they showed him. The capper was being able to spend personal time with the people there. He saw them practice for the bowl game, and he spent a lot of time with Coach Beamer and Coach Ball. I got the impression that there were some things that he liked better at Virginia Tech that he didn’t see already from other schools that are recruiting him. It was a favorable visit.”

What were some of those things that Alaeze may have liked better?

“The personal touch that they showed him,” Howard said. “The connection he felt with Coach Beamer was a good one.”

Maryland and Virginia Tech are the two schools that Alaeze is very likely to choose between when he announces his final decision. Howard, who says that Alaeze was close to committing earlier this year before deciding to take some visits, is not sure if another official visit is in the cards for his star player.

“That’s still up in the air,” Howard said. “I think at one point it seemed like he was going to choose one school over another, but he wanted to make sure he goes where he really wants to go. He enjoyed his visit to Virginia Tech. Miami and some others may still be in the hunt I think. At this point, I can’t tell if he will take another visit. He has one feeling one day and another the next. I’d just be speculating or guessing at this point.”

Will Alaeze announce his decision at the All-American game?

“I got the impression that he will wait until then to make a decision,” Howard said. “Then again, it was a long way off but now it’s only like 3 weeks or so. It’s getting close. My best educated guess is that he will decide then.”

Unless he makes another official visit, this race will indeed come down to Maryland and Virginia Tech. Does either one have the edge right now?

“I think that, before the visit to Virginia Tech, Maryland had the edge at one point,” Howard said. “After the visit, Virginia Tech is definitely in the ball park. He really enjoyed his visit to Virginia Tech and Coach Beamer

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