Fellows Enjoys Ohio State Trip

But was it enough to convince the four-star defensive end prospect to switch his verbal commitment from Illinois to Ohio State? Not quite, but Melvin Fellows' unofficial trip down south to Columbus for the annual spring game left an "amazing" impression on one of the state's top overall prospects.

A little rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm Melvin Fellows felt following his unofficial visit to Ohio State on Saturday.

Although the four-star defensive end prospect is no stranger to the campus, the fact that there were more than a few extra announced visitors left a pretty big impression on the Garfield Heights, Ohio, senior-to-be.

"It was amazing," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "It's kind of crazy when there are 75,000 people coming to the spring game. It's like game day. It was real crazy. It's just a great place."

Fellows was one of nearly three dozen recruits in Ohio Stadium for the day. While there, he spent time talking to the likes of Johnny Simon, Storm Klein and Chris Fields – all verbal members of the class of 2009 for the Buckeyes.

In addition, a few current Buckeyes made time to talk to Fellows in Andrew Sweat and Thaddeus Gibson, whom Fellows described as "a real good friend." In addition, he exchanged cell phone numbers with DeVier Posey, an incoming member of OSU's class of 2008.

However, the biggest surprise of the day for Fellows was the announced crowd of 76,346.

"That wasn't what I was expecting," he said.

A 6-5, 245-pound defensive end prospect, Fellows issued a verbal commitment to Illinois in December but has continued to examine his options. Although he was impressed by his visit to Columbus, that remains the case.

"I'm tight with Illinois but I'm still open," he said. "I'll listen to the coaches and I'll listen to what everybody has to say and keep my eyes open.

"I feel the same way. I like Ohio State."

Comparing the two programs, Fellows described Illinois as a team on the rise and OSU as a team that is perennially near the top of the standings. The Fighting Illini were the first team to offer Fellows, who said he felt an OSU offer was held up because they simply hadn't seen his film yet.

"I think Illinois is a very great program," he said. "They're up and coming and they're building a good team right now, but I think Ohio State has a great team right now and they have a great chance of going to the national championship this year. It's close to home. I like the tradition they have. I'm an Ohio guy."

When trying to make a final decision, Fellows said he will look at his overall comfort level with the school along with the coaching staff and the education he will receive.

The plan has been for Fellows to make a final decision sooner rather than later, but that goal might be less and less realistic. For now, his top three schools remain Illinois, OSU and USC in that order.

"I would like to wrap it up, but I'm going to play that by ear," he said. "You never know what might happen. I want to commit before the season because I want to commit before my senior year but you never know."

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