Keihn Focused on Academics Not Favorites

Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) outside linebacker Melvin Keihn has over a dozen offers right now, so what is the four-star prospect looking for in a program? You might be surprised. Keihn discussed that and more with TurtleSportsReport.

Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) four-star outside linebacker Melvin Keihn attracts a lot of attention for his skills on the football field, but the 6-foot-3, 225-pound athlete has his priorities straight when it comes to choosing his future program.

"My entire decision will be based around education, that will really be the deciding factor for me," said the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Keihn. "I have wanted to be an engineer since I was in seventh grade. I am really good with my hands and building stuff, I just set my mind to it early on, so that is my main focus."

Keihn visited Maryland for the Terps' junior day on February 16, and was in attendance to see Maryland knock-off the Blue Devils, 83-81.

"The game was really good, it was pretty exciting," said Keihn. "I used to play basketball so I liked that and it was pretty cool being there for that game."

During his visit, Keihn also spoke with assistant coaches, Andre Powell and Lyndon Johnson, about both academics and Maryland's defensive scheme.

"Coach Johnson talked to me about what position they want me to play up there and how their defense works," said Keihn. "We had a really good talk, they want me to play outside linebacker, and we talked about how to call plays in their system, how they move and how they play in coverage because they do some different stuff with their outside linebackers, so it was interesting."

Maryland's academics impressed Keihn as well he added, " I know Maryland is a good school and that is important to me."

Two schools on Keihn's list, Maryland and Rutgers, are both moving to the Big Ten, something he feels that is a positive for both programs, "I think its a great thing that Maryland and Rutgers are going to the Big Ten," said Keihn. "It is a really strong conference, so I think it's a good thing and it will probably help with recruiting."

Keihn currently holds offers from 13 schools, the latest coming from Illinois earlier this month, but says he is not looking to name any leaders at this point.

"I don't really have a favorite right now," said Keihn. "I am just really trying to focus on getting around to all the schools and stuff."

In the mean time, Keihn is focusing on his schoolwork and staying in shape.

"I am running track this spring, that helps keep me in shape and lifting. Then this summer working on technique stuff, more football work outs," said Keihn. "I am just always trying to work as hard as I can because I know that is the only thing that will make you better."

Keihn will be taking an unofficial visit to Rutgers on March 29, and hopes to make a few more visits in the next few months but is not exactly sure of his schedule.

"I am trying to get down to Virginia Tech for a spring game, but I am not 100% sure," said Keihn. "I hope to try and get around visit some other schools this spring and summer too."

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