Scout Ranking: 4-star and No. 6 OG
Measurables: 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds
2011 Stats: Kirkland was an all-state level performer on a team that went to the state championship game.
What they're saying: Kirkland is a versatile offensive lineman. 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. - Chad Simmons/Scout.com
Recruiting Status: The Hurricanes offered Kirkland early in the recruiting process and he went to Al Golden's camp last month. Kirkland currently lists Miami, Florida State, Florida, South Florida, USC, and Ole Miss as his top six choices. All six have already offered him a scholarship. He says USC is the only school that he knows for sure will receive an official visit.
What he's saying about Miami: "I like Miami. I've been watching them a long time since I grew up here. It's a good place to come through and get to the NFL. They have great graduation rates and more players in the NFL. I have a good relationship with the coaches there, like Micheal Barrow and Coach Kehoe."
Miami angle: Kirkland is one of the premier offensive line prospects in the entire state of Florida. He can play right tackle or guard at the college level. He plays at one of the premier programs in the state of Florida and he grew up following the Canes. It seems like he's a major prospect for the Canes right now, and he will likely end up taking all of his visits. The Canes seem to be in good shape at this stage of the recruiting game and will likely continue to actively recruit him into his senior season. The Canes will likely sign four offensive linemen in the 2013 class and Kirkland will be at the top of that list it seems.