Kirkland Says Oregon Is The Favorite

As a member of one of the most formidable offensive lines in the state, Portland (OR) Jesuit three-star offensive lineman Andrew Kirkland may be on the verge of reaping some serious offers from the nation's best programs, including Oregon, the school he considers his favorite.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No I do not have an offer from Oregon. I'm really interested [though] and hope to get one here soon."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"They started recruiting me a little bit last year after I went down to the Nike NFTC camp and they've been sending me letters every day. The last time I spoke with the coaches was on Junior Day."

Describe your overall experience at the Oregon Junior Day.

"I got to meet with most, if not all of the coaches -- I talked to [Steve] Greatwood for a little bit -- and I really loved the feeling of the community and how nice and personable the coaches were. The student center was the coolest thing I've seen in my life and we took a tour around there and went down and watched the basketball game."

Who were some of the other recruits who attended Junior Day along with you?

"I got to see Doug Brenner, Thomas Tyner was there, Bryson Sullivan and Evan Voeller was there too."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"I'm very interested in them because that's just a great program; they play fast, hard, they win a lot and I like that in a school, and it's just a really great program."

In your conversations with coach Greatwood, has he specified a position along the offensive line that he would prefer you at?

"I get the feeling he'd want me more as an interior lineman, but I'm athletic enough to play tackle, guard, center...anywhere coach wants me to play."

Do you have a preference as far as position goes?

"I'd like to play guard in college."

You're teammates with fellow Jesuit offensive lineman, Max Rich. Have the two of you discussed playing together at the next level?

"Yes we have. We think it would be kind of cool since we play on opposite sides of the [offensive] line now and if we got to do that at Oregon, or anywhere, that would be pretty cool...We're pretty close, but I don't know if we're going to the same school, but if we can, that would be great."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'm mean, fast, nasty, aggressive, very athletic, quick, I've got these really long arms that I like to use to the best of my ability and I've got really good feet."

Is there a player at the collegiate or professional level that you try and pattern your game after?

"I try to pattern my game after Michael Oher because we're built the same. He has quite a different story than I do, but he's a really good athlete and I try to base my offensive style off that. I try to base my aggression and ‘meanness' off of Ndamukong Suh."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Definitely academics, the location, and just the community and how you feel like when you're home, like I how I feel at my high school currently."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to major in when you get to college?

"I would like to major in law."

What offers do you currently hold from other programs?

"I currently have an offer from Wyoming -- I got that last Thursday -- and Portland State."

Are there any other schools out there that you don't have an offer from but been in regular contact with?

"I've been in contact a lot with Boston College and Washington and Oregon State."

Do you have a top five or a list of favorites at this point in the process?

"Oregon is probably my favorite but I'm really open to all-comers, all schools."

As far as camps, unofficial visits, and Junior Days go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"I've been to the U.S. Army national combine down in San Antonio, I've been to Oregon's Junior Day, I took an unofficial visit to Washington, and I'm going to go to Oregon's camp, Oregon State's camp, Cal's camp, and I'm going to NFTC this spring."

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