There’s a line of junior day visits planned for Oscar Smith (Va.) 2018 three-star linebacker Keshon Artis. One is in the books, but he’s looking forward to seeing more of his potential suitors.
That one visit came last month to Virginia Tech. Artis was also on hand for the Hokies’ game in September against Liberty. But this trip gave him a bit more perspective.
“On the junior day, I didn’t get a chance to talk to the coaches because there were so many athletes there,” Artis said. “I got the chance to tour the practice facility and the stadium. But I didn’t get a chance to tour the whole school because I had to leave early.”
Even before that trip, Artis said he held Virginia Tech in high regard.
“I love Virginia Tech,” he said. “They treat me like family. Coach (Justin) Fuente has tremendously changed the program. Coach (Bud) Foster is a prestigious defensive coach and I’d love to play for him one day.”
But Artis’ primary contact has been assistant coach Zohn Burden. At this point, though, he’s hoping they reconnect soon.
“I haven’t heard from him in a little while,” Artis said. “The last time we talked was junior day. He’s a pretty cool guy and everything he says is the truth. He was trying to get me to play running back at first, but I told him I was a linebacker at heart.”
The only other visit Artis said he’s made was last fall to NC State, when the Wolfpack hosted Florida State. Since then, that relationship has changed a bit.
“It’s a pretty good school,” Artis said. “I got to know Coach (George) Barlow pretty well. But I haven’t heard from them in a while. They have a pretty good team offensive and defensively. I can see myself playing there one day.”
Aside from the Hokies, Artis also has offers from Virginia, Rutgers, Old Dominion and Maryland. But he’s taking his time in looking those schools and others over.
“I mainly look at the academic side of the school, the rapport between the coaches and players and just the atmosphere of the school,” Artis said. “Potential playing time, too.”
Artis said he plans to visit Maryland and Penn State later this month and West Virginia in March. He also plans to take a visit out to Stanford in June.
But as his recruitment continues to develop, Artis said he’s working on what he can control most: the work he puts in on and off the field.
“I’m most comfortable with reading different types of offense and being able to react,” he said. “I need to work on pass coverage a little more and being able to read coverage when I blitz off the edge.”