Being an Illinois commit certainly has not stopped Ohio State from continuing to recruit Garfield Heights junior Melvin Fellows. Fellows, who is being recruited as a defensive end, took an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Saturday.
"The visit went really well," Fellows said of his weekend. "I got there early Saturday morning and met up with Marcus Hall from [Cleveland] Glenville. We took a tour of the campus and met with the academic people first. Then we were able to tour the facility and talk with our position coaches. We were able to watch film and see how Ohio State does things. I liked that a lot. Marcus is a good guy and we'll stay in contact. We talked with Robert Rose and he was cool also. He encouraged us to go where we felt most comfortable."
Fellows was also able to spend time with Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel, as well as Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock.
"I talked with coach [Jim] Heacock about the Ohio State defense," he said. "He said they would use me the way he used Vern Gholston if I come to Ohio State. I would be able to drop in coverage, as well as speed rush the quarterback. I liked that a lot. Then Marcus and I sat down with Jim Tressel for about an hour and a half. Coach Tressel talked about everything really. He talked with us about what we want to accomplish in high school. He also talked about Ohio kids going to Ohio State. He wasn't pushy at all, and I respected that. Some coaches will try to lie to you to get you to visit their school or to go to their school, but Jim Tressel isn't like that at all. I like the Ohio State coaches a lot."
Seeing as how Fellows is committed to Illinois, did the Ohio State cause him to reconsider his commitment?
"I'm solid with Illinois," Fellows exclaimed. "I like Ohio State a lot, too. It's going to be a tough choice, but right now I'm with Illinois. I'll be going to Illinois to visit in the spring, and I'll probably try to get back to Ohio State again. I plan on taking all five official visits in the fall. I'm interested in schools like USC and Florida, as well as some SEC schools."
Melvin Fellows will continue to draw recruiting interest over the coming year. As one of the top Ohio prospects in the 2009 class, we will continue to report on Fellows' recruitment.