Melvin Keihn admits he “didn’t really like football” until he decided to give the sport a try in the 8th grade. That decision turned out to be an excellent one. Keihn, a rising senior, has not only grown to love playing on the gridiron, but he has become a highly recruited outside linebacker.
Despite only one year of experience, Keihn earned a starting spot on Gilman’s (Baltimore, MD) varsity football squad as a freshman. He had received his first scholarship offer — the University of Maryland — by the end of his sophomore season. And now, following a junior season in which he racked up close to 60 tackles with 14 sacks, the 6’2 1/2″, 220-pound prospect finds himself considering scholarship offers from Maryland, Miami, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and more.
“I’ve got a big role on my team,” said Keihn, who has helped the Greyhounds to a 26-5 overall record the past three years. “My main role is as a rush end. I’m responsible for the weak side and anything that comes over that way. I’m also the guy going crazy, chasing plays from behind and rushing the quarterback.”
With star defensive players Micah Kiser (Virginia) and Henry Poggi (Michigan) moving on to the next level, Keihn is viewed as one of the team leaders heading into the 2013 season. He plans on making his final season with the Greyhounds his best.
“I definitely have a high bar set for myself,” Keihn said. “My teammates expect a lot from me. I expect a lot from myself.”
Keihn says most college coaches view him as an outside linebacker prospect with the ability to rush the quarterback and do well in pass coverage. While his future position seems clear, the speedy prospect’s college destination is anything but. And he is in no hurry to decide.
“I’ll be thinking about recruiting more now because school is coming to an end,” Keihn said. “As far as thinking about a decision, I’m not thinking about that at all. I’m not thinking at all about committing.”
So far, Keihn has visited Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. He jokingly refers to the UVa trip as a “half” trip because the limited time he spent in Charlottesville, though he reflected positively on the experience.
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