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Watch List OL Kirkland has several options

2/13/2012

Class of 2013 offensive lineman Denver Kirkland (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) is coming off of a strong 2011 season and now the 6-foot-4, 300-pound tackle is reaping the benefits.

Rutgers was the first offer for Kirkland almost a year ago but the Scarlet Knights have gotten plenty of company recently, including Florida State.

"Yes Florida State offered me not too long ago, me and a couple of teammates," Kirkland said. "I've talked to Coach [James] Coley and I like the staff and the program there.

"It's still pretty early in the process but I'm checking out all of their academic programs."

UCLA, Louisville, Miami and South Florida are his other offers at this time. Kirkland was in attendance Sunday at South Florida's junior day event.

"I liked it around here and I was actually looking forward to getting back to Tampa," Kirkland said. "It was a real nice trip."

Wherever Kirkland decides to go in the future it will be academically driven.

"I am looking for a place that will really help me thrive as a student," Kirkland said. "I want to graduate and make my mother proud. That's the key thing for me."

Kirkland said he's being recruited as a tackle and a guard and has no reservations playing either position. Distance also isn't a factor for him.

"I am just looking for the best fit, I'm actually a USC fan," Kirkland added. "I loved watching their offensive lineman dominate back in the day when they were blocking for Reggie Bush."

Kirkland's next junior day destinations are still to be determined but he's expected to be a familiar face on the spring and summer camp circuit.