Melvin Keihn Commits to Virginia Tech

Moments ago Baltimore, Maryland (Gilman School) defensive end/linebacker prospect Melvin Keihn announced his commitment to Virginia Tech. Melvin is rated as a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and a 3-star recruit by 247Sports. Keihn, who was recruited by Aaron Moorehead, selected the Hokies over Maryland and Virginia.

This is what Keihn said last week, prior to committing.

"I visited all three schools at least twice, and I have great, great relationships with all the coaches there," Keihn said. "It's just about me doing the pros and cons, what I like and what I don't like about each school, where I would happy and where I would be more comfortable, how I feel about the kids -- just all those things, try to put them together and count up the points."

At 6-3, 220 pounds, Keihn has been used at both defensive end and linebacker by his high school coaches. At linebacker, his highlights stem mostly from plays where he is blitzing. He is very comfortable lining up in different depths behind the line of scrimmage, and has a great knack for timing his blitz so wide holes open up for him. There is very little footage of Keihn scraping east-west to make tackles, although on several clips he recovers to make tackles on good gains going away from him. As a linebacker, he also has a tendency to lunge and grab ball carriers, and in the process he has great reach, but he loses his feet. When a defender doesn't keep his feet under him, it is difficult to stop a good runner's forward momentum.

Given his knack for blitzing and his size, I think that he could be effective playing as the backer in a 46 set, ala Bruce Taylor in 2012. Taylor, who spent some time at defensive end early in his career as a Hokie, was a very effective blitzer and pass rusher from the mike spot, but really became a threat coming off the edge in the 46. Tariq Edwards, who was better in pursuit and coverage, never really presented as consistent a threat off the edge on the blitz as Taylor. Perhaps Keihn can give Foster that element at the backer position. Keihn moved around, on film he aligns at end, a 3-4 outside linebacker, and a 3-4 inside linebacker. All three techniques are used at the backer position in Bud Foster's defense.

From a defensive end perspective, Keihn has natural ability, but his technique is a bit raw. His best pass rush move looks to be a very subtle push-pull technique, where he bull-rushes and then gives a little to create separation. Against the run, he has a tendency to turn his pads into a kick-out block. If he gets defensive line repetitions, Coach Wiles will likely make teaching inside shoulder force technique a priority. He also appears to take on and shed blocks well, but doesn't show any refined leverage moves in these clips. Unless he gets much bigger, I think his future is at backer.

There are individual game clips available on Melvin's Hudl.

Also, CSN Baltimore produced an excellent feature on Melvin detailing his journey from Liberia to the United States.

Welcome to HokieNation Melvin!

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Comments

Joe, isn't there a classier way to express your excitement than that. Postings like this are really a turnoff for most of us, and reflect poorly on the Hokie fan base.

SailBlazer

said the guy with the smokin' hot cheeleader avatar (is that a thong?!?).... MERRY CHRISTMAS

Busted!:

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Hey, I figured it would be far superior to my my mug or a mutt. That particular cheerleader picture surfaced before one of our bowl games, and was offered as evidence of our school's superiority.

SailBlazer

I'm not complaining.

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Related: http://deadspin.com/fuck-you-stay-classy-5963446

When something goes good for me in my life, I've exclaimed in a similar way. In general, I'm pretty liberal when it comes to swearing. However, it doesn't add much to the conversation here, but neither did your comment. Also, unless you're Frank Beamer it's presumptuous to speak for the entire fanbase.

If you've come here to police the comments, please go away Mister-Guy-Who-Has-Been-Here-For-Only-One-Day. If you'd like to participate and contribute intelligently in the discourse, then welcome.

BTW, joe, I love the blurred out post functionality. Very well in.

Great news, two down, two or three to go. Great job of recruiting by Moreland.

Rob Peterson
VTCC
Charlie/Hotel Company
Class of 1999

Uhhhhh, by "Moorehead"!

"Life is a round–trip ticket. Here's hoping I'm outbound."

Welcome to the Hokie Nation, Melvin Keihn!

I support Coach Frank Beamer.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

I feel a lot better about Nnadi and Minor now that we have McKenzie and Keihn.

Reality has a mighty pimp hand.

Things are starting to look real nice for VT recruiting, new coaches, new attitude.

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Kid looks like a play maker from those highlights! Good news just keeps coming!

Sean

Welcome to the Terror Dome.

#choppinwood
#10+

Bigger, Faster, STRONGER...BUILT TO HIT

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

While this doesn't deserve downvotes it does deserve to be blurred just because

Still love you pajokie all is forgiven

RealDiehl

I'm no Belieber..but found it b4 this one....
Merry Merry!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

ALL THE RECRUITS

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I have said since the staff changes, 2016 is the year that is make or break. This class is impressive so far.

Viva El Guapo

the talent is there...lets see what the coaching produces ... GO HOKIES!!!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

2015 will be a bellweather.

Danny caught that ball.

Friends don't let 5 star friends commit to UVA.

I have inside info. - Whit

Here's to hoping Kendall and BFace stay for their senior year!

"Go Hokies!" - Thomas Jefferson
@HaydenDubya

We should refer to it as the magical 2016.

We beat UT in Bristol, go undefeated, win Nat Champ.

Downside is that I think Beamer retires, though Bud takes over.

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

WE GOT MCKENZIE!
celebrate
AND KEIHN!
celebrate 2
NOW FOR MINOR!
celebrate 3
AND NNADI!
celebrate 4

VT CEE Class of 2016

"Exit Light. Enter night..."

Oh yeah!!!!!!!!!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

I haven't followed recruiting for that long, but this seems to be one of the better recruiting classes. I could be wrong but I like it.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

Kinda right, depending on what criterion you want to use. It could be our best ever for 4 and 5* recruits with one more 4* commit, but it will fall short on avg. * ranking with the potential to finish 4th or so.

Table doesn't paste with correct tabs, so the order is year, then Rivals rank, #players, 4*, 5*, avg *, then Scout Ranking and avg. *.

VT RECRUITING HISTORY

Year------------------------------Rivals---------------------------------Scout-----------
Rnk#players4*5*Avg.*RnkAvg *
20024521312.81452.2
20032724602.92212.65
20045620402.8262.82
20051425513.08182.92
20063222503.0312.68
20072926212.73253.0
20081831603.1202.81
20092322503.09412.77
20102320503.25373.05
20113321403.05362.9
20122228703.18272.82
20132319313.26353.17
*20141727703.07253.0

*as of 12/27/13, subject to change.

This year is actually just the 7th best year for Avg. * (3.07 behind the 3.26, 3.25, 3.18, 3.10, 3.09, and 3.08) rating but tied for the largest # of Elite (4 & 5*) players with 2012 @ 7. We could break that record with our last 2 targets being 4* and that would bring us to a 3.14 avg ranking, placing 4th overall since 2001.
VT has had as few as 3 and as many as 7 elite players in a year.
VTs lowest Rivals Avg. * rating was in 2007- 2.73 and highest was 2013-3.26
VTs highest Rivals Avg. * ratings were 3.25 and 3.26 in yrs we recruited fewer than the limit of 25 at 19 and 20 respectively.

"Life is a round–trip ticket. Here's hoping I'm outbound."

Clean that ish up.. No idea what I am looking at other than ranking %'s

ll

"I'm high on Juice and ready to stick it in!" Whit Babcock

hope this chart helps.
-------Rivals----------------------------Scout-----------
Year - rank -size-4*-5*- Avg | Rank-Avg *
2002 - 45 - 21 - 3 - 1 - 2.81 | 45 - 2.20
2003 - 27 - 24 - 6 - 0 - 2.92 | 21 - 2.65
2004 - 56 - 20 - 4 - 0 - 2.80 | 26 - 2.82
2005 - 14 - 25 - 5 - 1 - 3.08 | 18 - 2.92
2006 - 32 - 22 - 5 - 0 - 3.00 | 31 - 2.68
2007 - 29 - 26 - 2 - 1 - 2.73 | 25 - 3.00
2008 - 18 - 31 - 6 - 0 - 3.10 | 20 - 2.81
2009 - 23 - 22 - 5 - 0 - 3.09 | 41 - 2.77
2010 - 23 - 20 - 5 - 0 - 3.25 | 37 - 3.05
2011 - 33 - 21 - 4 - 0 - 3.05 | 36 - 2.90
2012 - 22 - 28 - 7 - 0 - 3.18 | 27 - 2.82
2013 - 23 - 19 - 3 - 1 - 3.26 | 35 - 3.17
2014 - 17 - 27 - 7 - 0 - 3.07 | 25 - 3.00

Also, the quality of recruiting varies year to year because the quality of the prospects in any given class varies. So you have to ask yourself, whats the metric for recruiting success? Getting great players? or Getting better players than your peers? The first question can be answered by average "star" ranking and the latter in the overall class rankings.

Flowers, Harris, Chancellor, Carmichael, Whitley, Hosley, Fuller, Exum

Not sure how this applies here, but its still a damn funny clip. Great flic

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

I meant it to be a reply to bragghokie's comment about it being one of the better recruiting classes. So I blew the context when I put it in as a comment instead of reply.

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

Great pickup for hokie nation can't wait to watch him play!

If we don't pull an ACC title out of these guys and our coaches, I don't know when the next time we will.

Does Melvin Keihn remind anyone else of a young Bruce Smith?

Melvin KeihnBruce Smith

I bet Melvin Keihn watched The Little Giants as a kid and wanted to kick ass and take names just like Bruce.

#BeatPitt

I was gonna say a little Bruce, maybe a little early Keyshawn Johnson

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST