An offensive lineman from Miami named Denver made people in Arkansas happy Wednesday morning.
Massive Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington standout Denver Kirkland (6-5, 335) chose the Razorbacks over Miami and Florida State by putting on an Arkansas cap on ESPNU's national signing day show.
"It's been an emotional week," Kirkland said. "I just felt most wanted at Arkansas."
Kirkland is a four-star prospect ranked as the fifth-best guard in the country and the No. 117 overall prospect nationally by Scout.com.
"The most important factor in my decision was my mom," Kirkland said. "...When I went to Arkansas, it was a good time up there. It felt like family up there, so that's where I'm going to take my talents to."
He also noted on the telecast that Arkansas coach Bret Bielema's record for putting offensive linemen in the NFL was a factor.
"Where the staff came from and how many (offensive) linemen they put in the league (NFL) – that was a big impact on my decision," Kirkland said.
Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons summed up Kirkland's ability this way.
"Kirkland is a versatile offensive lineman," Simmons writes. "He plays tackle in high school and he could stay there, but he could easily slide inside to guard on the next level. He has very good feet, he chops them well, and he is a strong run blocker. He may be best in space because of his ability to move and get down the field. He can improve on his pad level, coming off the ball a little lower, and controlling his opponent with more consistency."
Kirkland to Arkansas
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