"I think he's the toughest tailback in the state," said Cross. "He has a heart and a motor that doesn't stop, and I think he's fearless when it comes to taking on tacklers.
"I honestly think he's the best tailback in the state. Obviously, I'm biased but from everything I've heard from other people around the state as far as who is on what list, I think he'll end up being the best tailback. Especially if he's healthy his senior year."
OREGON STATE WAS by Interlake for the May Evaluation period, as were WSU, UW, Arizona State and a number of other schools. So why no Pac-10 offers for someone who might be the top running back in Washington state for 2010?
"They all want to see him live. He had an injury (MCL) to his knee last year. It wasn't severe but it hampered him...he just wasn't at full speed and didn't have that same burst when he came back last year, so they just want to see him and make sure he's there again," said Cross.
CROSS SAID while every school is talking running back, he also has the "versatility and skills" to play linebacker or h-back.
Kirschner has worked extensively with Jason Gesser and formed a bond with the CougGreat, and the family atmosphere of Washington State has also made an impression.
"He is very, very interested in Wazzu and really likes the staff and the direction the program is heading," said Cross. "..I think the Cougs are right there with him. They want to see what he can do live when we go their camp. I think he's right there on their board."
While the goal is of course to earn more scholie offers, Kirschner says he's very pleased to hold a full ride at this stage.
"I'm really excited about the offer from Air Force, I feel really blessed that good things have happened and are starting to happen," he said.
INTERLAKE AND KIRSCHNER will camp at Washington State later this month. Kirschner also has a number of other stops planned over a busy schedule. After Oregon State on Friday, he said he'll be at UW on Sunday.
"Arizona State wants him down at their individual camp," said Cross. "Washington has recently really gotten into the mix and they have said they really like him. He's going to go to their individual camp this Sunday. Oregon State is interested. BYU called recently. Idaho is really really high on him.
"I guess (Steve) Sarkisian really likes him from what coach (Jeff) Mills said...UW told him (this week) once they see him live, if he impresses them, they're going to offer."
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