Baltimore (Md.) Gilman junior weak-side defensive end Melvin Keihn could be close to adding a few new names to his list of offers. The 6-3, 225-pound three-star recruit currently has offers from Boston College, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. He says that Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh could be close to offering as well.
Notre Dame could be the next program to offer Melvin Keihn.
Notre Dame has been in touch with the talented pass rusher since last season with tight ends coach Scott Booker leading the recruiting charge for the Fighting Irish.
“Notre Dame is really interested in me,” Keihn said. “I’ve been talking with them since this season when they came by my school for some practices. They really liked what they saw, they really like how I play and they like my film. They like how I rush the passer and how athletic I am. I think that they are really close to offering me.”
If Notre Dame eventually pulls the trigger with an offer, it seems as if they would be in the lead pack of Keihn’s list of options
“The No. 1 thing I like about Notre Dame is their academics,” Keihn said. “Whenever someone asks me what I like about Notre Dame, I tell them that’s one of the schools I’m looking at and that they have great academics there.
“Their football team is great, obviously, after going to the national championship this year. Even though they lost to Alabama, they were still one of the top teams in the country and went to the BCS National Championship. They were a force on defense this year and played very physical. I really like the combination of football with academics there.”
The talented prospect denies having a leader at this time, but admits there are some programs that he “likes.”
“I don’t really have a favorite, but Notre Dame is one of the schools that I really like,” Keihn said. “I like all schools that have great academics since education is important to me. I also like Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.”
While academics will play a major role where Keihn eventually lands, a solid coaching staff will be a major factor as well.
“I want to play for some nice coaches,” Keihn said. “I think the transition from high school to college is where you become a man the most, so having coaches that really care about you and are nice is important. I want to play for a group of coaches who are going to have my back and make me a better player.”
Keihn registered over 60 tackles and 14 sacks during his junior campaign.
He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 21 junior weak-side defensive end in the country and the No. 10 player in Maryland for the class of 2014.