The Latest on Melvin Fellows

Garfield Heights defensive end Melvin Fellows is one of the top recruits in the country. Despite being an Illinois commit, Fellows is continuing to be recruited by most of the top programs in the land, including Ohio State. Bill Greene has more on this top prospect.

Garfield Heights defensive end Melvin Fellows continues to be a prime target for most of the top schools in the country, despite being committed to Illinois. Fellows is planning to take his five official visits this spring and discussed where he might be going.

"Recruiting is going good and I'm still getting new offers all the time," Fellows stated. "The most recent offers were from West Virginia, Wisconsin and USC. The USC offer is pretty interesting to me. I'm looking forward to visiting them in the fall. I'll be going to the Illinois spring game this month and I'm still committed to Illinois. I just want to be sure of my decision."

Fellows also visited Ohio State last Saturday to take in spring practice. It was his second unofficial visit to Columbus in the past three months.

"I went down to Ohio State with two of my coaches," Fellows said. "Like I told you before, I love Ohio State and the way they do things. It's hard for an Ohio player not to consider Ohio State. I watched film with the defensive guys and saw how they do things. I also watched practice and tried to learn more about how to play my position. I focused on technique and how I can be a better player next year. I loved the "Hoot and Holler" drill. It was very intense and the players really got into it. It was good to see an Ohio State practice to observe the players and see how they all get along. It was a great visit. I have no plans to visit anyone else, other than Illinois, this spring."

Fellows is planning on taking his five official visits this fall, but said that's not a sure thing. He might not feel the need to take any visits other than an official to Illinois.

"My five official visits would probably be USC, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Illinois," he said. "I'm not sure at this time how that might work out. Our season will be starting and I'm dedicated to having a great senior year. I have no personal goals, but want to see our team have a great season. I also work a part-time job, so my time is pretty tight. Right now, I'm lifting three times per week and doing speed training. It doesn't leave a lot of free time available. Once the season starts it will be even tougher."

Fellows said he is not getting any negative feedback from Ron Zook and the Illinois coaching staff over his decision to take visits to other schools.

"The Illinois people aren't giving me any grief over taking visits at all," Fellows stated. "That's why I like that program so much and committed to them very early. They know I'm just trying to make the best decision for myself and they support that. They want me to be 100% sure of my decision and I want that too. The best way to put it is that I'm still looking at Ohio State and USC, but I'm still committed to Illinois."

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