Gilman LB/DE Keihn Sets Rutgers Visit

Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) four-star prospect Melvin Keihn is set for a weekend Rutgers visit as he continues to evolve into one of the most coveted linebackers in the region. Keihn holds double digit verbal offers and is set for his first visit to Rutgers Saturday.

Education is the focus for Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) four-star prospect Melvin Keihn, so learning more about Rutgers this weekend will be a key moment in his recruitment.

Keihn will visit Saturday for a spring practice and expects to soak up information on the Scarlet Knights and their program.

"I know I am going to see the campus and talk to some professors, I just want to get some more information and learn more about their academics and stuff," Keihn said. "Also I want to see what the coaches and players are like."

Academics are the top focus for Keihn in his recruitment, he said.

"I mean academics are really important to me and I know [Rutgers] is a really good school and they have a good program, I don't know too much about their system though, I just know they have good academics," he said. "I want to learn more about them. That's why I am going up there."

Recruited by offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski, Keihn is being looked at as a prime candidate to play the "R" position, which is a hybrid defensive end position in the Rutgers scheme.

"They are looking be as more as a rush end, defensive end," Keihn said.

Keihn visited Maryland in February and has also taken regional visits to Virginia and West Virginia. As spring and summer move forward, he expects to expand his visits with the Virginia Tech spring game as a target.

Keihn also holds verbal offers from Notre Dame, North Carolina, Miami and others. He said proximity to home is not nearly as important as education in his college search.

"Staying close to home or going far away won't really have much to do with my decision, it will really come down to academics and how I get along with the other players and coaches," he said. " … My entire decision will be based around Education, so that will really be the deciding factor for me and if I adapt to their playing style and get along with other players that could be part of my decision as well."

Keihn has no leaders and plans to study engineering in college.

"I have wanted to do engineering ever since I was in seventh grade," he said. "I am really good with my hands and building stuff and I set my mind to it early on so that is my main focus."

-- Rachel Klein of contributed to this report.

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