A 6-2, 185-pounder with a very strong arm and good feet, Kirby was one of the top passers at a recent junior combine in San Antonio, site of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He says that the experience was one he plans to build on before his senior season.
"I think it's an advantage because it lets you know what you're going to see at the next level with all of the talent out here," he says. "You get to see some of your weaknesses and get to go back and work on them before next year."
Donnie Kirby throws the ball well and can also get out of the pocket if necessary.
A part-time starter as a sophomore and full-time as a junior, Kirby had a very good season in 2004 as he threw for 1,521 yards and 21 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Also a very good runner, he rushed for an additional 680 yards.
"I feel like I can fit in with any offense," he says. "I can always adjust and if I needed to get a little quicker to run another type of offense I think I could do that. I definitely would like to stay in a pass-oriented type of offense."
A native of Alabama, Kirby grew up dreaming of playing for either Alabama or Auburn. While he says he was more of an Alabama fan, being away from the state for almost five years has made him appreciate life in Alabama even more, particularly where football is concerned.
"I lived in Citronelle (just outside Mobile) for 12 years," he says. "I'm definitely still a SEC guy. There is no other conference like the SEC."
Because of that his early list has a decided Alabama flavor with both the Tigers and Crimson Tide among the schools he's looking at early in the recruiting process. He says that he's got plenty of time to get an initial list started and will begin to do that after camp visits to schools such as Virginia and North Carolina State over the summer.
"I'm looking at UVA (Virginia), just because it's close to where we're living now," he says. "I'm basically looking at Alabama, Auburn, or any of the Alabama schools. That's somewhere I would like to go to school because I would like to live there if possible. Boston College is a good quarterback school and I'm looking at Louisville. That's about it."