Virginia Tech came extremely close to landing 6-3, 270-pound stud defensive end Melvin Alaeze last year. Just how close? Well, the former Randallstown High School (MD) star, who ended up announcing for the University of Maryland during the Army All-American Bowl game, reflected on his decision during last Friday’s Hargrave Military Academy media day.
“Actually, it was real close between Maryland and Tech,” Alaeze said. “A couple weeks before [the Army All-American bowl], I took a visit to Tech and they showed me a good time down there. I saw the campus and I met the players. The players were relaxed and laid back and kind of made me feel at home, but then I had to put in the distance factor and stuff like that. That’s what made the decision right there.”
Alaeze fell just shy of qualifying academically and was forced to head to prep school and chose Hargrave. How long does he plan to stay?
“I’m only here for half a year,” Alaeze said. “I just have to raise the SAT.”
When asked if he still planned to go to Maryland, Alaeze answered “yes.” What will happen if other schools try to get in the mix?
“I mean I know they’re going to come at me, but I’m not really paying too much attention to recruiting right now,” Alaeze said.
How much is Alaeze looking forward to getting to College Park?
“I’m actually really looking forward to it,” Alaeze said. “I know some of the players there are anxious for me to get down there. Some of the players want me to come down and play. I’m going to do what I have to do so I can get down there. I’m looking to coming in January and competing for a spot.”
While disappointed that he didn’t make it to Maryland, Alaeze wants to make the most of his Hargrave experience.
“I feel as though I could benefit from this experience,” Alaeze said. “I can become a better player and mature myself a little bit. I can just take in some life lessons while I’m down here before I go to school.”
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