Having just finished the all-star game season, one can't help but look forward to next year's all-star games and who will be playing in them. Can Melvin Keihn be one of them? The junior linebacker from Baltimore (Md.) Gilman has ten scholarship offers from schools like West Virginia, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Maryland and others.
"One of the schools that is recruiting me pretty hard right now is Maryland. Virginia Tech is also," said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Keihn. "Notre Dame and Georgia Tech are recruiting me a lot too even though they haven't offered me yet. The Pittsburgh defensive line coach has said they will offer soon. I'm hearing a lot from Virginia and North Carolina also."
Many schools sound thrilled at the prospect of Keihn joining their team.
"I've talked to many of the coaches at these schools already," he said. "Coach Booker from Notre Dame told me they really like my skills and the way I play. The Pitt coaches talk to me a lot. They are really hyped about me. The Georgia Tech coaches are also really excited about me. Most of the coaches I talk to seem really excited about me. They all really liked my film and want me to stay in contact.
"I haven't taken any visits yet but I talk to the coaches about a bunch of things and ask them questions about schemes," said Keihn. "Virginia, Pitt, North Carolina and Virginia Tech were all really happy with my film and they said the could have me at linebacker or defensive end."
Keihn is starting to think about the schools he wants to visit.
"Of course I'm going to be a senior next year so I have to get ready for some visits," he said. "I'll probably take some in March or some time in the spring. I'm not sure where I'm going to go yet but I know I want to get to see Notre Dame, Pitt, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Michigan. I want to do all of this before the summer because that's when our team's program starts up."
With all of the possible visits, does Keihn think he will have time to go to any camps?
"I'm probably not going to many camps this spring and summer because here at Gilman we have a really good offseason program where we need to be together as a team," Keihn said. "I'm one of the team leaders this year and might be a captain so I need to be here with my team working out and pushing each other."
Under Armour All-American and Michigan commit Henry Poggi is one of Keihn's former teammates on a team that was loaded with talented players.
"We did lose a lot of guys but this is one of the top schools out there and we have a lot of good players and some of the best coaches," he said. "I trust my coaches and teammates to work to continue our success."