Randallstown, Md. defensive end Melvin Alaeze found himself impressed with both Virginia Tech and Southern Cal after watching Saturday night's game. So are both schools in his top five?
"I was really impressed with the way Virginia Tech hung around in the game," said the 6-foot-2, 277-pounder, who watched the game on television. "They are a young team but they really gave Southern Cal all they could handle. Both teams are in my top five and I was impressed with both."
Alaeze hasn't set any official visit dates yet, but he knows for sure he'll be visiting Maryland and Virginia Tech for sure.
"Those two are definites," he said. "Both Jamari McCollough and I will be visiting both, we don't know the dates though. I'm also interested in Southern Cal, Ohio State, Miami and Florida for the most part. Purdue is a school that is also interesting me of late and Boston College is still in the mix a bit as well."
Alaeze and his teammate McCollough will be taking an unofficial visit to the Maryland-Northern Illinois game this weekend in College Park, Md.
"It should be a good game," he said. "Maryland wants a little revenge from last year."
Alaeze, who is ranked as the No. 1 defensive end in the country and No. 18 overall by Rivals.com, had 15 sacks as a junior and wants more this year.
"I'm shooting for more than 30," he said. "I would like to break Derrick Harvey's record of 31."