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Keshon Artis is a Hokie

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Commitment No. 23 is in for Virginia Tech's 2018 class: Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith linebacker Keshon Artis is the latest to join.

The 6-0, 227-pound Artis has modest rankings, just a three-star player and the No. 22 prospect in Old Dominion. However, he packs plenty of punch in a smaller frame, and is an athletic, sideline-to-sideline player capable of manning either inside linebacker position in the Hokies' defense.

His other finalists were NC State and UCF, whose campuses he visited officially in the past two weeks after taking his trip to Blacksburg Oct. 28 (his second time this season to Virginia Tech after he also attended the loss to Clemson - and he's been a regular unofficial visitor over the past couple years, including last offseason). Duke, Indiana, and Tennessee were among the 19 programs that offered him a scholarship.

Artis is the 23rd player (including post-grad Christian Darrisaw, who signed in February) in Virginia Tech's 2018 class. He is also the second linebacker, joining North Carolina four-star Alan Tisdale. The Hokies would like to land about 25 or 26 players in the class, leaving only a few slots remaining. That includes another linebacker, four-star Dax Hollifield, who is likely to pick between the Hokies and Stanford in coming months. Artis is the third in-state player in the group, along with No. 5 Armani Chatman and No. 17 Cole Beck, a DB/athlete and running back, respectively.

• See the Virginia Tech recruiting class and Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings with Artis in the fold.
• What does Artis bring to the table? Watch his senior highlights to find out.
• Take a look at the impact Artis will have on the Hokies' 2018 recruiting class and team.

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