Brandon Kirksey commits to Minnesota

Brandon Kirksey, a 6-foot-2, 268 pound defensive end from St. Louis (MO) Hazelwood East, has committed to Minnesota, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Kirksey is the tenth commit for the Gophers.

Brandon Kirksey was a 2006 All-Metro performer racked up 112 tackles, including five tackles for losses, and one sack last season. Kirksey previously told Scout.com about his strengths as a player.

"I think my quickness and my upper body strength (325 bench and 405 power clean) are my biggest strengths. Everybody always says it is in your footwork, which it is, but it comes down to throwing the offensive lineman off of you, so you can get to the ball."

The Scout.com Midlands 100 member is still working on a few things to improve his game.

"My footwork and balance, lateral movement and things like that. I am pretty good with my hand techniques, but I still need to work on my hands a lot."

Kirksey ran an impressive 4.99 forty yard dash at the Ole Miss camp this summer.

Kirksey previously told Scout.com that Minnesota was a school that was high on his list.

"Lets see, if I had to choose, I kind of like Minnesota right now. I am very interested in Ole Miss too. They definitely would be my second choice. I have not met the Minnesota staff in person yet so that is why I want to go up there and check them out. I do not know, it is just one of those premonitions you get. It is just a gut feeling that it is the school for me. See, we have a lot of guys from St. Louis who play for Minnesota, and a lot of them are starting as freshmen. They are known to get you ready. I am not wanting to go in and play back up. I want to play with the big guys."

Kirksey also participates in track and field and had a shot put toss of 39 feet and discus toss of 107 feet.

Kirksey is working hard on his academics to qualified as a freshman.

"I'm taking an ACT prep class to raise my score right now and I am signed up for a September ACT retake. So, I'll do a lot better this next test. And, I'm also working on raising my GPA which I think I will be able to do since I took some summer school classes."

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