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After a tiresome recruiting process Rivals250 linebacker Melvin Keihn ended his recruitment on Christmas Eve. The Baltimore (Md.) Gilman star committed to Virginia Tech over Maryland and Virginia.
"The atmosphere is great and it feels like home," said the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Keihn. "Each time I've been out there I just never wanted to leave. The kids are really nice and I bonded really well with them.
The current Virginia Tech commits really helped recruit Keihn.
"I'm close with C.J. Reavis, Ricky Walker, Billy Ray Mitchell, Marshawn Williams and Terrell Edmunds," he said. "I'm pretty close with half of the Virginia tech commits."
Keihn knows he can make a big impact in Blacksburg.
"I just want to bring what I learned here at Gilman," Keihn said. "I want to be a better person at the next level, continue to grow and help those around me. I'm bringing my talent and my work ethic and do whatever it takes, whether that's playing early or waiting to get on the field. I'll do whatever the coaches want me to do."
The Virginia Tech coach staff made sure Keihn knew he was a priority.
"Coach Moorehead, coach Brown and coach Foster were the ones really recruiting me," he said. "Coach Foster is a really nice and I like what he does on and off the field. I like coach Brown a lot. He is my position coach and I liked him a lot every time I talked to him. Coach Moorehead was my recruiting coordinator and even though his is an offensive coach I get along with him really well. We would talk back and forth about how are families are doing. Most of the coaches do that but we just had a different connection. He's like a big brother to me."
It was very difficult for Keihn to pick the Hokies over Maryland and Virginia.
"Maryland is my home school team and I have a lot of love for them," said Keihn. "Shane is down there and I wish them nothing but the best. I just needed to do what was best for me. Having teammates at each school is an added benefit. At Virginia with Micah we played together and I look up to those guys but I needed to do what was best for me."
Keeping with the trend of Hokie commits recruiting the next star, Keihn has his eye on a big target in Virginia.
"I'm going after my boy Raymon Minor," he said. "He's a good player, I've eatched his film and talked to him a lot. I know he has a lot of choices and I know he is thinking hard on his decision. We talk back and forth and I know he likes Virginia Tech so hopefully we will be playing next to each other for Virginia Tech."
Keihn is going to try to visit Virginia Tech on January 24 and probably again in the spring.
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