Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer received one of his Christmas gifts early on Christmas Eve, after Melvin Keihn made his announcement.
“I am going to Virginia Tech,” stated Keihn.
In a simple celebration at his home on Tuesday, Keihn made it known in front of his family.
“It was good, they all support me 100 percent. My dad is happy at my decision, after he talked to the coaches. He said he liked the school and he liked the coaches as well,” said Keihn. “My family supports my decision. They know wherever I go, I will make the best out of my decision.”
Keihn chose Virginia Tech over two other finalists Maryland and Virginia.
“It feels good,” he said. “It is a win-win situation for me and the school. I can spend time with my family and not think about recruiting anymore. I can focus on having fun with my family and enjoying my holiday. I am really excited, really pumped. I know this is where I am going, this is where I will be for the next four years. I am just excited to go out there.
The Gilman School standout has been high on the Hokies for quite a well, you can say it was love at first sight. The connection he had for the school came months ago when he first visited campus in the spring.
“I just like the town, the coaches, the kids, especially the kids,” the 6-foot-3, 225 pounder explained. “I got to know them really well. I also like their incoming freshman class. I am really, really close to those guys: Shai (McKenzie), Ricky (Walker), Marconi Williams, C.J. Reavis, pretty much all the Hokie guys, I get along really well with them.We text back and forth, the kids are really nice, we have bonded a lot.”
According to Keihn, playing with his future teammates was a a huge draw, but that is not the only thing he is looking forward to in Blacksburg.
“I like the coaches and I like what they have in store for me for the future at Tech. I like their engineering program, that is something I am really high on. And honestly putting that all together, especially the engineering program, I just fell in love with the kids and the town and everything else.”