Randallstown, Md. defensive lineman Melvin Alaeze has an offer list that tops fifteen with many more to come. So who is on top for the No. 16 player in the nation?
Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida, North Carolina, Boston College, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, Nebraska, Connecticut, and North Carolina State are just a few of the schools that have gotten a written offer out to the 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive end who attacks with the speed of a linebacker or safety.
“My best attribute is my quickness,” admitted Alaeze. “Most lineman can’t handle blocking me because I can blow right past them or through them if need be.”
Recently, Alaeze got a chance to match up with top offensive lineman Eugene Monroe at the Elite College Combine in New Jersey. Melvin shared these thoughts on his performance.
“Going into the combine, Callahan (Bright) and I just wanted to get out name out there and go up against Eugene,” Alaeze explained. “We went back and forth all day, the three of us, with each of us winning our fair share of the head-to-head match-ups. Matching up against Eugene was a good measuring stick for me, I think he was tired of seeing me by the end of the day.”
Alaeze has lightning quick speed for a down lineman at 4.54-seconds in the 40-yard dash. As a junior he registered 50 tackles and 15 sacks en route to taking home second team all-state honors.
“More schools have offered me in person, but I don’t count them until I get the paperwork,” Alaeze said. “I’m thinking about majoring in business or sports management, but being comfortable at a school is what it’s really all about.”
Alaeze has an idea where a few of his official visits will be.
“I'd probably say Maryland, Ohio State, Miami, and Virginia Tech will be visits,” Alaeze said. “I'm not sure about a fifth one just yet.”
Melvin plans to camp at Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Miami over the summer and is trying to make it out west to see Southern Cal.