A week after saying he was going to open things up and possibly visit Miami or Southern Cal, Randallstown, Md. defensive end Melvin Alaeze is back down to just two schools and will announce his decision this upcoming weekend.
"It's between Maryland and Virginia Tech," said the 6-foot-2, 277-pounder. "I'm going to announce my decision at the All American Bowl on Saturday. I think it's at halftime."
Alaeze is ranked as the No. 1 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 13 player overall. He has more than 40 offers and recently hosted Joe Paterno from Penn State on an in-home visit.
"It was cool," he said. "I'm not going to Penn State though, but it was nice to meet him."
Alaeze visited Maryland on Dec. 10 and Virginia Tech on Dec. 17 and is torn between the two programs.
"I don't have a leader," he said. "I want to get the process over with though, so I'll figure it out this week."
Alaeze was at one time scheduled to announce his decision from the Baltimore ESPN SportsZone on ESPNews on Jan. 19, but he decided not to wait that long. The pressure of recruiting has been tough.
"I think Melvin's just at the point now where he's tired of it a little bit," said Randallstown assistant coach Evan Murray. "He doesn't want to drag things out any longer. He's been under some heavy pressure."