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3-star recruit by 247Sports, #19 weakside DE nationally, #8 player in Maryland
Virginia Tech made an effort to get involved in the state of Maryland again, and they signed two of the state’s top eight players (Keihn and Cam Phillips, ranked #6). Melvin Keihn is a linebacker recruit who will need some time to develop, but who also has a lot of athletic ability and a very high ceiling.
Keihn is an interesting prospect. He was a full-time defensive end as a junior, and played with his hand on the ground on every play. As a senior he was used in three ways:
1: A defensive end
2: In inside linebacker
3: A hybrid DE/OLB
No matter where Keihn lined up, his job was usually the same: blitz. There are very few highlight plays of him dropping into coverage. He is almost always moving toward the line of scrimmage to rush the passer or attack the running game.
Keihn had quite the offer list coming out of high school, including Penn State, Maryland, UVA, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, etc.
Size and frame: Keihn is a rangy player who can play linebacker at 230+. He also has the frame to play at 240-245 if he becomes a defensive end, in my opinion. Physically, he is advanced enough to contribute on special teams as a true freshman.
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