Virginia Tight End Makes Visit to NC State

Woodberry Forest (VA) tight end John Kirven talks with Pack Pride about his recent visit to NC State.

Woodberry Forest (VA) tight end John Kirven has been on NC State’s radar for awhile and recently tweeted that he had picked up an offer from the Wolfpack. It didn’t take long for him to make the trip down to Raleigh to see the Pack first hand.

Kirven (6-6, 240 pounds) was an onlooker at a recent session of camp at NC State and was escorted by current Wolfpack tight ends Cole Cook and Dylan Autenrieth. Kirven had a chance to see how coach Eddie Faulkner worked out his tight ends in person.

“It’s been a lot of fun coming to the camp,” Kirven told Pack Pride. “I really like how coach Faulkner works with all the tight ends. It’s very high energy and the coaching staff has been fun to be around.”

Kirven added that he got a good vibe from the two Wolfpack tight ends that showed him around NC State.

“From what it sounds like, the tight end group is a very tight community. They’re all very good friends. So it’s definitely something that’s pretty interesting.”

In addition to NC State, Kirven also holds offers from Virginia, Yale, Buffalo and Pittsburgh among others.

Many have felt Virginia could be the team to beat and for good reason.

“I love the school from an academic standpoint and Charlottesville is a great college town. Also, my brother just graduated from there and he was a walk on with the basketball team. So I’m very familiar with that school in general. I wouldn’t say they necessarily have a leg up but they’re definitely in the top colleges that I’m looking at.”

As it turns out, State has a fairly strong connection with Kirven as well.

“State is right there in the top schools as well. I’m actually from Raleigh so I’m actually very familiar with NC State and the football program. I grew up watching Tom O’Brien. Being around the football team and all the coaches has put them high on my list. So I’m very interested.”

What about a timeline for a potential decision?

“I don’t really have a date set but once I know which school is right, that’s when I’ll commit. If I had to guess I would say during the football season but it could be earlier, it could be later. It just depends.”

Kirven is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 47 tight end in the nation by

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