Athletic Lineman To Visit Auburn

This big lineman from the Magnolia State is SEC bound, the only question is which school will he choose?

New Albany, Miss.--When you are big, strong and quick, the things you can accomplish on a football field are seemingly limitless. When you are an offensive lineman with those attributes on the high school level, it can make you downright dominating.

Such is the life of W. P. Daniel High star Jay Kirkland. At 6-4, 300 pounds with 5.1 speed in the 40-yard dash and a bench press of 350 pounds, the tackle has all the tools to carry that dominance on to the next level and many schools have taken notice.

"LSU and Florida are my top two right now," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are also schools that I'm still looking at as well. I have already visited LSU on December 14." He was at Mississippi State this past weekend, he will go to Ole Miss on Friday and he will be at Auburn on the 18th and Florida on the 25th.

While he concedes that LSU and Florida have the advantage at the moment, the four-year starter at left tackle says that Auburn is a school he'll take a long, hard look at when he visits in a couple of weeks. Noting that they have a need for offensive linemen, he believes the team is headed in the right direction under the guidance of head coach Tommy Tuberville.

"I like the fact that they have a bunch of young players right now and they are still winning," he says. "The coaches are all good guys and the program is really on the rise."

Totaling over 100 pancake blocks and grading out at 92 percent for the season for a 6-5 team that lost in the first round of the state playoffs, Kirkland says that his strengths as a player serve him well against most competition. "I move well for my size," he notes. "And I can overpower people if I need to."

A former baseball player that gave up the sport when he realized his future was in football, Kirkland played sparingly at defensive end this season but says he is definitely an offensive linemen in the future. He says he doesn't have a major in mind at this time but he shouldn't have a problem qualifying.

Tiger Ticket Extra: While some fans are worried about the finish the Tigers had to close the season, Kirkland says that most recruits (himself included) don't look at how a team finishes the season. Rather they look at the overall program and what it has to offer in the long haul…Losing three starters off this season's offensive line means the Tigers have their sights set on several outstanding linemen in the South. Others of interest include Marcus McNeil, Chadd Felps, Jemayel Phillips, Kurt Quarterman and Troy Reddick.

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