And one of the stops for the four-star, 6-foot-5, 280-pound Kirven will be to South Bend, Ind., so he can get a feel for the program.
"I have a ton of interest in Notre Dame," Kirven said. "I talked to (Irish assistant) coach (Tony) Alford a week or so ago and (assistant) coach (Charley) Molnar called me and we talked."
Kirven said the academic reputation of Notre Dame and the tradition of the program are the initial selling points.
"I know it has a real good football tradition and they always have good defensive linemen, and they're known for winning," he said. " I don't know a whole lot about them but I'm doing my homework. The academics are very important. Notre Dame is a real good academic school and that is going to be a factor in making my decision. Academics are going to be big."
The next step in Kirven's process is getting to campus and strengthening his relationship with the coaching staff.
"We will make a visit out there in late June or early July; sometime in there," Kirven said. "I am still putting the schedule together."
Notre Dame isn't the only school on the summer visit schedule.
"I have no timetable of making decision," Kirven said. "When it hits me, I'll make a decision, after I go to all the schools and see what they have to offer. It could just hit me one day during a game or practice or whatever."
However, before deciding on a school, Kirven needs to settle on a position.
He is rated as Scout.com's 17th-ranked defensive tackle in the 2012 class, but he is also being recruited to play defensive end.
"The SEC schools are saying more defensive end, but other schools are saying defensive tackle," Kirven said. "It all depends on what defense they run and the conference they're in. As long as they let me hit the quarterback, it doesn't matter to me at all."
The talk of conference style of play excludes Notre Dame, and Kirven raised that issue.
"I talked to the coaches about that, and not being in a conference, they get to pick their own schedule and go against all the big boys," Kirven said.