DL Plans to Visit UM

"We should be a little better off than we are right now," Randallstown, Md. defensive lineman Melvin Alaeze said about his team's 4-4 record at this point. "We have to get back on the winning side."

Alaeze, 6-2 and 275 pounds, is widely considered one of the best prospects in the entire state of Maryland. As a senior this season, he's registered 15 sacks.

"There really isn't anyone that's been able to block me," he said. "I've just been doing my thing out there, like I thought I would."

Alaeze, who is rated as the nation's No. 7 defensive tackle prospect by Scout.com, has become a major recruiting priority for many college programs who actively recruit the state of Maryland -- including his two current co-favorites.

"Maryland and (Virginia) Tech are right up there at the top," he said. "Maryland is close to home and they're doing some good things. Tech just always plays great defense and I think I could fit in well there."

In addition to taking visits to those two programs, Alaeze also plans on checking out Miami, Florida State, and Ohio State.

"I still talk to Miami a lot," he said. "They had a tough loss last week but they'll bounce back. How many times have they lost the last few years? Not many. They'll be back. They're still one of the best when it comes to putting guys into the league, too."

The talented lineman, who is being recruited by UM coach Vernon Hargreaves, said he has not yet scheduled any visits.

"I'll do that after the season and after I take them, I'll know a lot better about where I wanna go," he said.

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