The Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central four-star standout recently received a notable invite, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl invited him to participate in its annual All-Star game on Jan. 4, 2015 held at the Alamo dome in San Antonio, Texas.
“It hasn’t really fully sunk in yet,” Kirkland said on U.S. Army Bowl invite. “But it is extremely great recognition for me. I’m extremely blessed to have that opportunity to end my high school career as a U.S. Army All-American. It feels really good.”
Kirkland, who is rated Scout.com’s No. 5 overall middle linebacker, is coming off a strong summer camp campaign. In early July, the future Wolverine spent time at Nike’s – The Opening – a national invite camp that plays host to the nation’s best prospects.
On Sunday, Kirkland took part in Michigan’s annual recruiting showcase – The Barbecue at the Big House – where he took the opportunity to get know his future teammates a little better.
“It went well,” Kirkland said on his barbecue visit. “It was a great time being up there with some of the guys and all the other recruits. You know, some of the commitments that will be joining me in Ann Arbor.”
With so many top prospects in attendance, Kirkland admits he was working on a select few to join him at Michigan.
“I was just hanging out with Tyriq Thompson and Mike Weber,” Kirkland said. “Me and Tyriq were on the same scavenger hunt team. We talked a lot, he’s pretty excited about Michigan. He says it’s going to be tough decision for him and his family. I’m looking forward to him hopefully joining us in Ann Arbor.”
Weber has aloso become one of Kirkland’s close friends through their recruiting process.
“We have built a pretty good relationship,” Kirkland said on his friendship with Weber. “We have been on visits together. In our time at The Opening, we started to have a bond together. So he is really one of my friends in this whole recruiting process. I hope he joins us in Ann Arbor. He is one of my favorite running back prospects that we are going after right now. I hope he ends up in his home state.”
In the meantime, Kirkland says he is prepared to have an outstanding senior season at Lawrence Central.
“I’ve just trained really hard this off-season with my team,” Kirkland said. “I’m looking forward to playing my best football. I really do feel like I am playing best football, the best I have ever have. I’m really looking forward showing everyone what I put on tape this year.”