Fellows to Visit Ohio State

Garfield Heights junior defensive end Melvin Fellows will make an unofficial visit to Ohio State this Saturday. Fellows, who has committed to Illinois, is one of the top prospects in the 2009 class. Bill Greene has more on the Fellows recruitment.

Superstar junior Melvin Fellows of Garfield Heights will make an unofficial visit to Ohio State this Saturday. Fellows is being recruited as a defensive end, and has scholarship offers from Illinois, Ohio State and Marshall. Fellows, who recently turned 16, committed to Illinois in December of 2007.

"Recruiting is going really well so far," Fellows began. "I have offers from Marshall, Illinois and Ohio State. I have committed to Illinois. My commitment is firm right now. Coach [Eric] Wolford is recruiting me for them. I met him before my junior year and we get along real well. I took an unofficial visit to Illinois to see them play Wisconsin. While I was there I met Ron Zook and the rest of the coaching staff. It just felt like it was right place for me and I committed to them after the season. I can see it's an up and coming program and I want to be a part of it."

Fellows is also interested in Ohio State. He was recently offered a scholarship by Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes.

"I'm not going to lie to anybody, I'm interested in Ohio State right now," Fellows admitted. "I'm from Ohio, and it's every players dream to play for the Buckeyes, so I'm pretty open to Ohio State. I'm being recruited by Taver Johnson. I'm planning on going to Ohio State this Saturday on an unofficial visit, but that depends on whether my dad can take me or not. I'm looking forward to meeting with the coaching staff and the players. I want to go around and check out the campus."

Fellows, 6' 5" and 255 pounds, has recorded 19 sacks in his two years as a varsity performer. He is also hoping to hear from several other schools from around the country.

"I'd like to hear from the SEC schools," he said. "I'm interested in Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan. I know I need to work hard and continue to get better as a football player. Distance won't be a factor for me. I'll end up going where I feel the most comfortable. I want to be at the place that is the best for my future, and a place where I feel comfortable around the coaches and players."

Fellows spoke about whether he regrets making an early commitment to Illinois. Since he is taking visits, one might assume he's regretting that decision.

"I think committing to Illinois was a great move on my part," Fellows stated emphatically. "Illinois is where I want to be right now. It was a great choice to commit early because you never know what might happen. I could suffer an injury or things could change. Right now I love Illinois and that's where I want to be."

Scout.com will continue to track the progress of Fellows. We will update his weekend visit to Ohio State in the near future.

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