Keshon Artis (© Michael Clark/Scout)

2018 LB Keshon Artis' offer list includes ACC and Big Ten programs

Keshon Artis has been an anchor for Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith's defense this fall and the junior spoke with Scout about his recruitment.

Keshon Artis is one of the most sought-after 2018 linebackers in Virginia.

The Oscar Smith standout has scholarship offers from MarylandOld DominionRutgersVirginia and Virginia Tech, while NC State and Stanford are also showing interest.

"I'd say that Virginia Tech and NC State are recruiting me hardest," said the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Artis. "It means a lot that they're showing so much interest, but I'm still going to evaluate all my options."

Virginia Tech was one of the first schools to offer Artis.

"(Running backs) coach (Zohn) Burden and (defensive coordinator) coach (Bud) Foster stay in contact," he said. "Coach Foster is a legendary coach and it would great to play for him. Coach Burden is my main recruiter and we've definitely developed a strong relationship.

"I'm planning go back and visit soon -- probably for one of their basketball games. It will actually probably be my next trip. Hopefully, I'll be able to talk with coach (Justin) Fuente and just learn more about the football program. I also want to see the whole campus."

According to Artis, he thinks NC State could be next to be offer.

"(Cornerbacks) coach (George) Barlow told me that they were going to offer me next week," Artis said. "He always stays in contact, asking how football and life is going. He also keeps me up to date with their program. We're definitely developing a strong relationship.  It would mean a lot if they offer because I've been working very hard. They also have the programs I'm interested in studying, which are computer science and engineering. 

"I also like the game day atmosphere. I went to the Florida State game and enjoyed the visit. The defense played hard and the offense was moving the ball. The fan base also showed a lot of enthusiasm the entire game."

Besides the aforementioned trip to Virginia Tech, Artis said he plans to visit Virginia, NC State and Maryland in the near future.

Artis hopes to narrow his list of schools next football season and commit after the season is over.

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