He was out with his father not long after the 6-foot-4, 287-pound offensive lineman landed an offer from Washington this summer. He saw a pair of Huskies.
That caused the recruit to take a longer look at Washington and, after weighing his options, figured it would be a good fit for his future.
The senior committed in July and is now one of two linemen in the Huskies’ current class, joining four-star center Dane Crane (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita).
While Kirkland might not be a high-profile prospect, he has potential that can be polished. He is athletic for his size and is capable of playing any position on the offensive line.
The senior stopped by Big Al’s in Beaverton, Ore. Thursday to shoot a video interview -- it will be posted on HuskyNation next week. He was joined by five other local prospects, who will all be players to watch in the 2014 class.
Kirkland wore a Washington sweatshirt and was looking forward to signing his letter of intent Feb. 6. He is anxious to begin his college career.
He has plenty to prove, and plans to put in the work so he can be successful at the Division I level.
“I’m just really excited,” he said. “I can’t wait to go up there and start playing.”