Melvin Fellows Re-Affirms His OSU Commitment

Garfield Heights superstar defensive end Melvin Fellows is one of the top prospects in the country. He sent shockwaves throughout Ohio with his early commitment to Illinois. But after a trip to the Ohio State spring game, Fellows switched his commitment to the Buckeyes. Bill Greene has the latest on this great player.

Garfield Heights' Melvin Fellows had originally committed to Illinois early in his junior year of high school. After a visit to see Ohio State for the spring game, Fellows shortly switched his pledge to Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes.

While attending a Cleveland Glenville scrimmage against Bedford, Fellows spoke about how things are going for him since he switched his commitment to Ohio State.

"I'm solidly with Ohio State and there won't be anything to change that," Fellows said of his decision. "I know you see on the internet that there could be a change, but that just isn't true. There won't be any switch at all because I'm a Buckeye. There is no chance, I repeat, no chance, of me leaving Ohio State."

Fellows spoke of working hard this summer to help Garfield Heights make the playoffs in 2008.

"We are a pretty young team, so I need to be more of a leader for our younger guys," he explained. "I need to show by example how hard we need to play as a team to get to where we need to be. I worked out all summer and I fell I'm in great shape to start the season. I'm looking forward to week one and getting it all started. I want to set the tone for our defense and get the ball back for our offense on every series."

Fellows, who said he is currently 6'5" and weighs 240-pounds, explained why he made the switch in schools from Illinois to Ohio State.

"Nothing against the Illinois program at all," Fellows stressed. "They are a great school, but the distance was a factor. Ohio State is a lot closer to home and now my family can see me play all the time. The more I thought about it, there was just no way I could leave the state of Ohio to play college football. Coach [Jim] Heacock and I are very close. I call him every week and we talk about a lot of things. I also speak to [assistant coach] Taver Johnson every week and we have a great relationship. I just love the facilities at Ohio State and everything is just first class. I'm just going to come into Ohio State, work as hard as I can, and hopefully get on the field in my first year."

Fellows has also developed close relationships with some of his future teammates.

"I've gotten to be good friends with Chris Fields, Storm Klein and John Simon," he said. "I'm out here today watching Jonathan Newsome[Cleveland Glenville] and he and I have become good friends. He's a great player and I think he'll be a great defensive end for us at Ohio State. I'd like to see him on one side and me on the other. I'm also out here to see Marcus Hall [Cleveland Glenville] and obviously I'm hoping he becomes a Buckeye with the rest of us."

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