Melvin Keihn Could Be a Future Star for Maryland


Nov 28, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies tight end Bucky Hodges (7) recovers a blocked punt of Virginia Cavaliers punter Alec Vozenilek (30) as Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Melvin Keihn (51) reacts in the second quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week, I wrote an article about the rise of the DMV to UMD Movement. The movement has now gotten even stronger, this time in the form of a transfer. Baltimore native and former Virginia Tech linebacker Melvin Keihn has decided to transfer to Maryland. He made his announcement earlier this week.

Keihn starred at Gilman School in Baltimore and was rated as a 4-star outside linebacker. As a senior, he registered 85 tackles, 16 for a loss and nine sacks. He was also selected to participate in the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game. Keihn committed to Virginia Tech over Maryland and others and played one season with the Hokies. He saw the majority of his action on special teams and recorded two tackles.

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The Terps have done it again and convinced yet another local player to join ‘The Movement.’ He’ll fit right in at Maryland and he’ll get the opportunity to reunite with two of his former high school teammates, Kenneth Goins and Shane Cockerille. Keihn will have to sit out a year, but the upcoming season, in large part, will be the calm before the storm.

Keihn should ultimately thrive in Maryland’s new 4-3 defensive scheme, as his versatility will allow him to play either outside linebacker or defensive end. If you take into consideration how talented this kid is, who’s to say he can’t start next season? He would have to outplay a couple upperclassmen to do so, however. At the very least, Keihn should be starting by the 2017-18 season. By that time, the Terps could have a fierce 1-2 punch at outside linebacker in Keihn and 4-star Class of 2016 commit Keandre Jones.

Only time will tell how good Keihn can be in College Park, but it must be noted, that it’s the perfect situation. Being surrounded by other elite players from the area, he’ll be pushed to new limits. Terps fans will have to wait to see him play, but the wait should be well worth it.

If you haven’t seen Keihn play before, you may want to check out his high school highlight tape.

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