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Two local football players remain on Rivals250 prospect list

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Two local football players remain on the most recent Rivals250 prospect rankings, but only one of Maryland's five ranked players cracked the new top 100.

Gilman defensive end Melvin Keihn, who plans to play at Virginia Tech, was the 226th-best prospect ranked by college recruiting website Rivals.com. Dunbar quarterback William Crest, who plans to play at West Virginia, was ranked 231st.

Keihn, 6 feet 3 and 225 pounds, was an All-Metro first-team selection last season, when the Greyhounds finished second in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. He had 85 tackles, including 16 for a loss, nine sacks and two forced fumbles in 2013.

"He's a very disruptive, high-energy player that you've got to mark where he is on the field all the time," Gilman coach Biff Poggi said in December.

Keihn tweeted on Saturday that he would wear No. 8 at Virginia Tech in honor of his mother, Satta, who is in Liberia. Keihn has not seen his mother since she sent him to the United States as an 8-year-old.

Crest verbally committed to West Virginia after his junior season, when he led the Poets to 39-0 win over New Town in the Class 1A state championship game. Dunbar lost to Patterson, 14-0, in the Class 2A North final last season.

The top recruit from Maryland, according to Rivals.com, is 20th-ranked Damian Prince, an offensive lineman from Bishop McNamara in Forestville. He's followed by defensive end Jesse Aniebonam (No. 155) and offensive lineman Sam Mustipher (No. 203) from Good Counsel in Olney.

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