DL Hoping to Visit UM

Randallstown, Md. standout defensive end Melvin Alaeze (A-lay-zay) has been playing a number of positions this season. That includes defensive end, where he's facing constant double and triple teams.

"I'm getting doubled every game," Alaeze said. "Sometimes they put a tight end on me, sometimes they use a back. It doesn't matter though because I can't be blocked. I just have too much speed and quickness. I feel like I'm the best player out there."

Alaeze, 6-foot-2 and 275 pounds, also plays tight end, fullback, and guard on the offensive side of the ball. He has six sacks through four games this season. Many people are wondering where Alaeze will play at the college level.

"End or tackle, it doesn't matter," he said. "I like playing defensive end now because I can use my speed and size to dominate people. I know people say you get a lot bigger in college. If I do and can keep my speed, I'd like to stay at end. But I know I might have to move in (to tackle). I gotta do what's best for my career."

The talented defensive lineman, is trying to pick five visits from the six schools who are still on his current list of favorites.

"I'm still considering Maryland, Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida, Florida State, and Ohio State," he said. "They all call each week and since I have offers from all of them, I could set up my visits. I just need to narrow it down."

One option for Alaeze is to use Maryland as an unofficial visit.

"That's just an hour away and I've been there before," he said. "I went to the Northern Illinois game earlier this season. Maryland's building a good program. They play good defense and I think I'd fit in."

Despite his strong interest in the hometown Terps, Alaeze wants people to know that he doesn't have a favorite right now.

"They're all even to me," he said. "I still need to take my visits so I can start comparing them with each other."

Miami was the third school he mentioned when asked for a list of favorites. He talked more about the Hurricanes.

"Oh, I'm real interested in Miami," he said. "Coach Hargreaves has been calling and he seems real cool. Basically, I'm trying to build up a relationship with the coaches. It's not always about football. He's getting to know me as a person."

The talented senior said his relationship with the college coaches will be a big factor in his final decision.

"I've talked to a lot of head coaches and a lot of other coaches have visited the school and kept in touch on the phone," he said. "I wanna be able to have a great relationship with the coaches. That'll be a big part of my decision."

Alaeze says he's paying close attention to those programs this season because he hasn't always been a big college football fan.

"I was probably more into basketball when I was younger," he said. "I'm trying to keep my eyes on these teams to see how they play and to continue to see how the coaches recruit me."

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