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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Andrew Kirkland sees potential in O-line

By Mason Kelley

Check Twitter and Internet message boards and there has been no shortage of questions about the future of Washington’s offensive line.

After spending the weekend on his official visit, Washington commit Andrew Kirkland (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) isn’t worried.

The 6-foot-4, 287-pound prospect is excited about the Huskies’ future at the position.

“The future is bright,” Kirkland said. “I believe that. Those guys are young and they’re just getting really good at what they’re doing. I’m excited to be a part of something big.”

During his time in Seattle, he was able to sit down with his position coach, Dan Cozzetto. He had a good conversation with Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, got a better sense for where he fits in the Huskies' current class and what he can expect during his freshman year.

He said Cozzetto sees him as a versatile prospect capable of playing anywhere on the line.

One of two offensive linemen in the 2013 class, Kirkland said his host on the trip was redshirt freshman Dexter Charles.

Joined by eight other recruits -- five commits -- Kirkland said he was treated to meals at places such as the Space Needle, the Crab Pot and Salty’s. He said the most memorable part of the visit was spending time with his future teammates.

“Definitely getting to know the players and hosts better, kind of getting a better feel for the school on the academic side, just hanging out with the coaches and being up there again,” he said.

Kirkland spent most of his time with commits Cameron Van Winkle (Snoqualmie, Wash./Mount Si) and Andrew Basham (Lynnwood, Wash./Lynnwood), but enjoyed all of the people he was around this weekend.

“We really just got know each other, a better sense for who we are,” Kirkland said. “I got to know how the other prospects felt about the program, and the school, and how excited they were.

“I had a fantastic time.”