Randallstown, Md. defensive end Melvin Alaeze dispelled rumors that he made a verbal commitment to Maryland over the weekend. Alaeze is rated as the No. 1 defensive end in the country and has a top five of Maryland, Virginia Tech, Florida, Florida State, and Miami.
“No, I haven’t committed to anyone at this time,” explained Alaeze. “I plan on taking some of my official visits before reaching a decision.”
Alaeze had previously announced plans to visit all five of his favorites, but no dates have been set at this time.
“I’m not sure if I’ll need all five visits, but I’ll schedule them and go from there,” said Alaeze. “I know I have plans to visit both Maryland and Virginia Tech.”
Alaeze is reserving opinions of each school for his official visits as he has yet take an unofficial visit anywhere this fall. While Alaeze maintains he is still wide open and does not have a leader, Maryland and Virginia Tech offer a lot of what the 6-foot-2, 277-pund rush end is looking for in a school.
“Maryland and Virginia Tech have a lot of positive relationships between their players and coaching staff,” stated Alaeze. “Those two schools are recruiting me the hardest at this point and offer me good opportunities to play early.”
Alaeze and his teammates have struggled so far in 2004 limping out of the gate at 1-4.
“It’s been a rough season so far, although I think I’ve been playing pretty well,” said Alaeze. “We’ve had some key injuries and lost some close games. We lost to Terre Haute 18-6 last weekend. I had eight tackles and two sacks in the game.”
Randallstown will face Woodlawn this coming Saturday.