Last weekend four-star linebacker Melvin Keihn took an official visit to Virginia Tech for the Maryland game. Both schools are top contenders for the Baltimore (Md.) Gilman star but the final score of the game does not seem to be a concern of Keihn's.
"Obviously both those schools are in my top five," said the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Keihn. "I thought Virginia Tech was going pull it out in overtime but I guess not. It was a good game to watch. At the end of the day I don't usually base my thoughts on the record or who beats who. It was just a great game to watch. It was a good win for Maryland. You win some and you lose some so Virginia Tech just has to move on the next one."
This being Keihn's official visit to Blacksburg, he continued to build his strong relationships with coaching staff and he brought his father along to get his approval.
"I have a great relationship with the coaches up there, especially with Coach Moorehead," he said. "He and I usually joke around a lot and that's really good. I also have a really good relationship with Coach Foster. He's a really nice guy. I also talk with Coach Brown. It was a really nice visit.
"My dad loved the school," Keihn said. "He liked what they were doing up there and he liked the campus. He looked like he was having fun during the game, jumping up and down, and it was good to see him having fun and enjoying the game. When it came time to the academic part he asked all the right questions. At the end of the day he like the engineering program."
Maryland's overtime win over Virginia Tech was big for two reasons. The Terps were the underdog and they became bowl eligible. While neither means much to Keihn, it goes a long way to changing the culture in College Park in Keihn's eyes.
"Them being bowl eligible doesn't really mean much to me," he said. "I still feel the same way about Maryland right now. I see what Coach Edsall is doing up there and getting bowl eligible is just another thing that he is changing and making it better and better each year. I'm very intrigued by what he is doing up there. I like what him and the coaches are doing up there."
The Virginia Cavaliers are also one of Keihn's top schools and they are still in the race.
"Virginia is still a very good school," said Keihn. "They have great academics up there. They are still one of my top schools."
Penn State entered the Keihn sweepstakes a little late but they could still have a shot if they can get him to visit this weekend.
"It's a great school with good academics," he said. "I know some people up there and I just want to see it for myself and see the campus. I want to see how I would fit in with the kids and with the whole program. I have a great relationship with my teammate, Troy, so we'll just see what happens. I'm trying to make it up there this weekend but I don't think my dad will be able to make it up there."
Keihn added that he is trying to visit Miami in December.