These days you have to be a VIP to get through to talk to some recruits as they shut things down due to the enormous volume of phone calls. Randallstown, Md. defensive end Melvin Alaeze has been one of the tougher players to track down. However, here's what he said about his upcoming decision.
"I'm on my way back from my Virginia Tech visit," said the 6-foot-2, 277-pounder. "It was nice, I was hosted by Jason Murphy who I knew before I went and I got to watch practice. They practice at a very high speed and I like that. They said they'd play me on the strong and weak side and move me around. I'd pretty much do what Darryl Tapp is doing now."
Alaeze was at Maryland, his other favorite, the week before.
"Maryland I already knew a lot about because I've been there a lot," he said. "It's comfortable there and I like the coaches. It's going to be a tough decision."
A decision that will be made at halftime at the U.S. Army All American Bowl on Jan. 15. There could be another team in the mix by then as well.
"I'm not sure yet," he said. "I might visit either Miami or Southern Cal on Jan. 7. If not, I'll choose between Maryland and Virginia Tech. Those have been my two favorites all along."
Alaeze has been ducking calls overall.
"I'm trying to take the 'no comment' route," he said. "There are a lot of calls. Hopefully it will quiet down some during the holidays."