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Top 2018 Va. ILB Keshon Artis recaps Maryland junior day

Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith inside linebacker Keshon Artis attended Maryland's junior day this past weekend and came away impressed.

Maryland hosted several top targets over the weekend.

One of those players was Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith linebacker Keshon Artis.

"I enjoyed myself and it was a great experience," said the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Artis. "We had breakfast and spoke with the coaching staff. We also tried on uniforms and toured the campus with the coaches. I really enjoyed the tour of their new apartments for the players and my one-on-one talk with (linebackers) coach (Matt) Barnes."

The Oscar Smith standout spent the most time with Barnes on the visit

"He's down to earth and a cool guy," Artis said. "He's straightforward about everything such as recruiting. He asked me about my recruiting and how I felt about it. I told him that schools were taking things slow because of my height. I told him I'm not 6-foot-2, but I play just as hard or even harder than most as you can see on my film.

"He told me that my height doesn't matter and once schools watch my film and look at me in person, they'll offer.  But he also said don't forget who offered me first in a joking manner. I think that's the closest relationship I have with a coach out of all the ones recruiting me."

Artis also had a chance to speak with head coach D.J. Durkin.

"He talked to me and also introduced himself to my parents," Artis said. "He took the time to speak to them one-on-one. It meant a lot know that he took the time just to have one-on-one conversations.

"He said he loved my film and size. He said that I'd be a great fit for Maryland. He also told me I'd have to come in and compete for everything -- from jersey number to playing time -- on and off the field."

Artis plans to visit Maryland again sometime in April. Other upcoming visits include Penn State on March 19 and Stanford in June.

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