Garfield Heights, defensive end Melvin Fellows has accepted an invitation to play in the ESPN Under Armour All-Star Game in January.
The 6-foot-5 and 255-pound Fellows is one of the country's premier defensive linemen. Ohio High Magazine ranks him as the No. 1 overall prospect in the state of Ohio.
Fellows was invited to the ESPN Under Armour All-Star Game as well the U.S. Army All-American Game.
“I got an offer from both, but I decided to do the ESPN game,” Fellows said. “I think it's going to be the better game. I'm really looking forward to it.”
The game will be played in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 4, and 45 of the country's top prep prospects have already committed to play.
“It will be my first time in Orlando,” Fellows said.
Fellows has a good idea what he is looking for on his first trip to Florida's No. 1 family vacation city. It will be a combination business trip and vacation for the star lineman.
“I'm looking to see how good I can play,” Fellows said. “The guys you play against in high school aren't always the best guys. I want to see how I do against the best. I want to come in and compete, have fun and enjoy a little vacation.”
Fellows made 70 tackles including 10 sacks during his sophomore season. He had another 98 tackles and eight sacks during his junior season.
Fellows committed to Illinois shortly after his junior football season. Since then his scholarship offer total has continued to rise.
“I have offers from Michigan State, Michigan, West Virginia, Virginia, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Marshall and USC,” Fellows said. “I'm still committed to Illinois. But I'm still looking at Ohio State and USC.”
Fellows has been to Ohio State on a number of occasions including over the weekend when he attended Ohio State's spring practice session on Saturday.
“Me, coach Lance Reisland and coach Chuck Reisland went down (Saturday) morning and watched practice,” Fellows said. “It was their first day in pads. I learned a lot of technique stuff.”
Fellows hopes to make a final decision on his college by the end of April, though he is not certain that is going to happen.
“I'd like to do it by the end of the spring practices, but you never know,” Fellows said.
Fellows joins another outstanding lineman from the Buckeye State that has accepted an invitation to play in the game, Jack Mewhort from Toledo St. Johns.
As many as 35 more players will be added over the next several months and as the 2008 high school season unfolds.