Following a commitment from four-star linebacker Keith Simms on Saturday, the Oregon Ducks have added another 2016 commit in Pocatello (Idaho) defensive tackle Wayne Kirby. Kirby announced the news via his Twitter account on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-3, 302-pound three-star prospect is the tenth-ranked defensive tackle in the West region according to Scout.com. A former BYU verbal commit, he had taken visits to BYU and Utah over the weekend and had visited Oregon the week before. Prior to that he visited another finalist Washington State . He held offers Idaho, Eastern Washingtonm Montana and Weber State in addition to those four programs.
Kirby picked up his offer from Oregon recently on Jan. 20., just days before his official visit. The visit appeared to be a success as Kirby sent out tweets indicating he was enjoying his time in Eugene. He later told OregonLive.com that the Ducks had taken the lead in his recruitment.
Kirby becomes the 19th player committed to the Ducks 2016 recruiting class and is the only true defensive tackle attached to the group. The Ducks will switch to a 4-3 defensive front for the 2016 season under new defensive coordinator Brady Hoke and the Ducks will need to stock up on bigger bodies on the defensive front. Kirby certainly fills that need on paper.