While most of its recent success on the recruiting trail has centered on a potential bumper crop in the class of 2016, Maryland appears to have landed a potential impact transfer. Virginia Tech defensive end Melvin Keihn (Gilman) announced on Twitter he is joining the Terps.
Keihn appeared in all 13 games last fall primarily on special teams for the Hokies and finished with two tackles on the season. In Virginia Tech’s spring game in late April, Keihn finished with four tackles and a fumble recovery.
On Thursday, Keihn reportedly asked for his release and was no longer listed on the Virginia Tech roster.
Keihn was a two-time first-team All-Metro first-team selection at Gilman, earning the nods his junior and senior seasons. In his senior season with the Greyhounds, Keihn had 85 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, nine sacks and two forced fumbles. Rivals gave the 6-foot-1, 211-pounder a four-star rating, ranking him as the fourth-best player in Maryland and 16th-best outside linebacker nationally. Overall, Rivals ranked him 226th in the class of 2014.
Keihn committed to Virginia Tech on Christmas Eve 2013 over a host of Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten schools, including Maryland, Michigan, Penn State and Virginia. He likely will have to sit out the 2015 season as a transfer.