Melvin Keihn's official visit to Penn State was big for a Nittany Lion program looking to grab some highly rated prospects as the recruiting process nears it's end. This was the fourth official visit for the stand out linebacker from Baltimore (Md.) Gilman.
"It was very cold at Penn State but was a good visit," said the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Keihn. "That was my first time up there and they have a good thing going on up there football wise. Coach O'Brien and his staff they've really done well with that program after what happened. I liked the campus and they have very good academics. I just liked the facilities and everything up there was pretty impressive."
Virginia Tech and Maryland are seen as the front runners for Keihn but Penn State seems to have made a big step in his eyes.
"This visit did a lot for Penn State," he said. "I was pretty impressed. I liked what they have going on with football and they have very good academics. It's a great school. I like the campus and I like the kids up there. I just had to get up there and see it for myself."
Keihn's father is a big part of his recruitment and some view it as a negative for Penn State that he was unable to make the trip with his son but Keihn says it wasn't that big of a deal.
"My dad knows a lot about Penn State," Keihn said. "It was one of the schools he liked for me. He knows a lot about their program. He was asking me about Penn State from the beginning. I don't know if he wanted to visit there but he knows about their academics and their campus. He likes Penn State already and if he had come with me on the visit I'm sure he would have liked it too."
Miami is the only school in Keihn's top five that he has not taken an official visit to but he is looking to fix that.
"My next step is to figure out my last visit to Miami," he said. "I'm trying to go next weekend on December 13. After that I might narrow it down to three but if not I'll keep it at five going into my announcement at the Under Armour All-American Game."