However lately, things have been starting to heat up for Fellows.
After the Illini, Melvin Fellows has received scholarship offers in no particular order from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Virginia, Marshall, and last Friday, one from Charlie Weis and Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Fellows has recently visited Columbus twice, and plans to go up to Champaign and back to Ohio State again this spring. He also hopes to take trips to Michigan and Virginia in the future. Before he committed to Illinois, Fellows also visited Notre Dame.
"It's strong right now," Fellows said of his commitment to Illinois. "I'm just taking all of this in stride. The recruiting process is not a sprint, it's a marathon. I want to weigh my options and see how many offers I can get."
"I think he's just seeing what's out there," Garfield Heights offensive coordinator/defensive line coach Lance Reisland said. "I think being an Ohio kid and the Buckeyes are recruiting you, I think it's something he is looking at. He kind of feels honored to be recruited by Ohio State and the other programs."
One of those programs now being Notre Dame.
"I talked to Charlie Weis," Fellows told Irish Eyes on Saturday. He was in South Bend for the Navy game this past season. "He informed me that I should be getting my official offer today or next week.
"When I went down there I could tell they had a good tradition. I know they are building a good program because they had the second-ranked recruiting class this past year. I could tell the coaches really care about their players. It seemed like they had a strong relationship with their players, even though they had losing record.
"(Weis) said a lot of Big Ten schools have already offered you a scholarship, and that they only recruit the top players in the Midwest. He said I'm offering you a scholarship, and we recruit the top players in the nation, and you have one on the table.
"I said it was an honor, I was happy about it."
Fellows added that he was interested in what Notre Dame's whole program had to offer, especially academically.
This past season, Fellows had 98 tackles, 12 sacks and an interception. He also had 13 pancakes as a part-time offensive lineman.
"Melvin comes to play everyday, he comes to play everyday in practice," Reisland said. "He works hard at everything he does. As talented as he is, he works harder than he is talented. If I had one word to put on him, he has a great motor.
"Obviously he is a good player, but potentially he is going to be a great college football player. He is all of 6-5 with real long arms. He is going to be a big, big young man."
Fellows reported a 2.7 GPA.