Kirkland talks final three

The past few days have been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Denver Kirkland. Kirkland had narrowed his list to three – Miami, Arkansas, and Florida State – only to find out the Hurricanes no longer had a spot for him. But that changed Monday when Kirkland spoke to Miami staff and found out he would have a spot there. He breaks down his final three right here.

Denver Kirkland will choose between Miami, Arkansas, and Florida State on Signing Day and he'll announce at 9:20am, right after his teammate Matthew Thomas makes his college announcement. Kirkland said the back and forth with Miami this past week hasn't hurt the Hurricanes with him.

"It didn't really hurt Miami, because things happen in life, you just have to deal with it," he said.

Kirkland said it was frustrating at first but after talking with the Miami staff everyone has a good understanding of the situation and he said there are no hard feelings. The 6-foot-5, 335-pound offensive lineman said there is good opportunity for him at each of his final schools.

"The academic setup at Miami is good, it's a good program with a good football team," he said.

"Arkansas I like because of the fans and the academic program. It's like a college town up there and the fans just love all the players."

"Florida State, me and Coach Trickett have a great bond. Me and Jimbo are always on the phone, getting to know each other better, the fans are crazy, they have a good academic program."

Florida State and Miami are both in the final four for Kirkland's Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) teammate, Matthew Thomas and Kirkland said the two have discussed playing together at the next level. Still, they each plan to make their own decision.

"The biggest deciding factor to me is academics and just knowing the coaches. Having a bond with the coaches and finding someone that's going to respect who I am and I can respect who he is," Kirkland said.

While he is making his own decision, Kirkland is listening to the advice of several people close to him.

"Me, Coach Ice, my mom, my uncle, and my stepfather talked about it," he said.

"They told me that football can end any day, but nobody can take that (diploma) away from me."

Stay tuned to FOX Sports NEXT for the latest on Denver Kirkland's recruitment and announcement.


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