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'05 MD DE Melvin Alaeze





Nicknamed "Gooch"
Strongside defensive end
Randallstown (MD)

Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 273 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
Honors: First-team all-division, first-team all-county, first-team all-metro D.C., and second-team all-state
GPA: 3.4
'03 stats: 55 tackles and 15 sacks
'04 PSU Nike stats: 4.54 in the 40, 4.3 in the shuttle, 22 bench press reps- incredible 40 time for a kid his size- He was dominant but note Joe Akers was the only one that gave him a battle

Audibles: "Melvin is a gruelling tackler who sets up his opponent properly before delivering the pushing hit. He reads and reacts to O-linemen
with ease and has the confidence and attitude to disrupt combo blocks, traps, zones, and various blocking schemes. Melvin does an excellent with his hands using rips, swims, and club techniques when needed. " -Randallstown assistant coach Evan Murray

As a junior, Alaeza compiled a total of 50 tackles and 15 sacks on his way to earning first team all-division, first team all-metro, first team all-county and second team all-state honors.

"I'm aggressive and I can stop the run. I'm really good at the pass rush. I want to improve my 40 speed and get off speed. I also want to improve my agility."

BPs 310/SQs 405

3.4/May 1 SAT

according to Rivals was offered by tOSU two weeks ago- note it sounds like tOSU is very active in MD (w/Alaeza, McCoy and D. Williams)

tOSU appears to lead over offers from USC, MD, BC, Cryami, Fla & Va Tech
Melvin (along with Joe Akers, another player whom OSU is recruiting from Maryland) was a top 10 performer at the PSU Nike camp. According to the Rivals article, Melvin may be the top DE prospect in the country this year.
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Alaeze was named a 5-star prospect by Rivals... he was their first DE chosen.

And rightly so. Melvin is a stud, with superior athleticism all around - this guy could be a fullback in the mode of Ironhead Heyward or Pooh Bear Williams. Best of all, Melvin doesn't rely on his athleticism alone, but he also knows how to play the game - he is smart, reads well, and actually understands the concept of "containment". Unlike some DE's films, which show 20 unabated rushes at the QB, Melvin's shows him playing all aspects of the position; there are even a few clips of him on offense (at FB), where he shows outstanding speed and surprisingly good hands. Melvin would make an excellent addition to this Buckeye class.
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In the latest Rivals update Alaeze mentions he is enjoying the recruiting process and he is still not ready to list any favorites. He does however mention he was a Florida State fan growing up and would like to get an offer from the Criminoles. OK, he didn't call them the Criminoles, I did :wink2:
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