Four Star DE Prospect Talks Duke

A season ago the Blue Devils struggled at times along the defensive line. In an effort to remedy that problem Duke has jumped in early with this four star defensive end prospect.

"Right now I have offers from Duke, NC State, UNC, VA, VA Tech, Alabama, Tennessee, Colorado, Stanford, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Penn State, UCF, Colorado, UConn and Utah," said Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville standout Korren Kirven. "I am also hearing from Florida, Oklahoma, and Miami at this point."

Kirven, who is considered the No. 19 defensive end in the country and a four star prospect, says the most active schools in his recruitment have been Virginia Tech, Virginia, Tennessee, Duke, Stanford and Colorado. With Duke the communication has been particularly heavy.

"I talk with them in some form at least weekly. I've already visited the school and it was fantastic there. The campus is really beautiful and the academic history and prestige is unmatched. When people think of Duke, usually basketball is the first thing that comes to mind, and the coaches have talked to me about the basketball program. How they continued to bring in good student athletes and it paid off. The football coaches are doing the same thing, and it's going to help them build a winning program."

With a father who played college basketball leading the recruiting process for him, Kirven says he feels like he has an advantage on other prospects when it comes to dealing with the modern age of recruiting.

"My dad played in college and he's able to help me deal with everything. My grandparents also help me sort through the mail and research the various schools who are recruiting me. Right now it's a lot of information to take in and process, but I hope to narrow my list down a workable number of schools by the end of my school year."

Narrowing down a list of suitors is a good problem to have for any high major prospect, and once that list is trimmed the plan will be to camp with as many of the offering schools as possible.

"I really do feel extremely blessed and fortunate to be in this position, having schools interested in me as a student and an athlete. I have really enjoyed the process of exploring the different schools. When I get to the summer I am going to use my time at the camps to meet the various coaches in person, to tour the campuses, and to compete against other athletes while increasing my knowledge of the game."

In the meantime Kirven says he's working hard to be ready for the camp circuit.

"I really want to improve my 40 time this summer. I'm also looking to get bigger and faster while improving my football I.Q. I am lifting on a four day split and running twice daily five days a week. I am always trying to get better because I want to be one of the best in the country."

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