Former Virginia Tech linebacker Melvin Keihn acknowledged his reported transfer to Maryland publicly on Tuesday, writing a long thanks to his former team's fan base and announcing his plans via Twitter.
CSN had confirmed the news last week after initial reports of his departure from Blacksburg.
"First I'll like to thank the VT coaching staff for everything they have done for me this year," Keihn wrote on Twitter.
"I have nothing but respect for the coaches but this was a decision I had to make. And special thanks to #hokienation for everything and being the best fans in college football, I appreciate yall. Even though some fans won't understand my decision for leaving I still appreciate the love y'all showed me this past year.
"My decision to leave isn't because of anything with playing time, football or anything, it was just time to move on. To me, there's a lot more to life than just football and there were more important issues that needed to be addressed for me and my family. But thanks to all of #hokienation for everything.
"Good luck to my boys next year in the ACC I know yall are going to get what yall been working for this summer and I know yall will get it done. With that I will be finishing my career at the University of Maryland where I will be close to my family #Terpsnation."
Keihn registered two tackles on mostly special teams duties last season for the Hokies. He was a four-star recruit coming out of Gilman School (Md.).