Four-Star CB Ready To Narrow It Down

The past month has been a busy one for the coaching staff at Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway. With college coaches coming and going as they have evaluated four-star cornerback Dondi Kirby, the dust is finally starting to settle. As it does, Gateway head coach Terry Smith shares the future plans for Kirby.

After a hectic May, things will start to clear up for Dondi Kirby within the next few days.

According to head coach Terry Smith, the four-star cornerback prospect from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway will have a list of his top schools by the end of the week. From there, Kirby will set out visiting those he has not seen and planning official visits for the fall.

"Through the past month for recruiting, we just wanted to take it all in, see who was interested and who would offer and then from there this week I'm planning to sit down with him and just get a feel for who's on his top five-to-eight-school list," Smith told "Then from those top schools, we have to make a plan to get to their campus sometime this summer – especially the schools that he hasn't visited already."

One of the schools that will factor into the equation is Ohio State.

"We'll get a final plan as to what he's going to be doing for the summer and where he has to go, and then from there we'll dwindle down and say, ‘OK, where do you want to take your official visits to?' " the coach said. "I know Ohio State will be one. We're already planning to go to the Miami game. He'll be there for that and 98 percent sure he'll take an official visit."

Other schools that figure to make the list for summer trips include Iowa and Florida, the latter of whom issued him a scholarship during Memorial Day weekend.

The Buckeyes began recruiting Kirby during his junior season, Smith said, but did not issue a scholarship offer until the spring.

"They wanted to wait and see how he played that year," the coach said. "Through the winter we were trying to get him up for them to physically see him in person but the winter storms, every time we planned it they just knocked us out of our plans. We finally got him up there in spring practice and they got a chance to really see him physically and they offered him when we took that visit."

OSU was already familiar with Kirby after having landed cornerback Corey Brown and linebacker Dorian Bell from Gateway for its class of 2009. That added exposure helped Kirby's case, as Smith said LSU and Texas are also starting to show interest.

Listed at 6-3, 190 pounds, Kirby is ranked the No. 10 cornerback in the country by He has been timed at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, but he also lines up on the other side of the ball.

His future position could be up for debate, his coach said.

"Everyone is looking at him at corner except Florida is recruiting him at safety," Smith said. "Last year he was a corner/receiver. This year he'll be a safety/receiver and we'll move him around on offense. He's real explosive on both sides of the ball."

However, Smith said the coaches he speaks to are enamored with Kirby's size, which he pegged as being closer to 200 pounds than 190.

"He's a terrific athlete, so he could play nearly any skill position," Smith said. "At his size, that's what everyone loves about him at corner. The thing about corners is if they keep growing, you can always move them into safety and if they keep growing from there you can move them to linebacker but you can't always find a corner that's that big. That's what everyone loves about him is his range and his size."

Smith added that Kirby should have no problems being an academic qualifier.

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