Kirby adds three new offers

Monroeville (PA) Gateway cornerback Dondi Kirby picked up three new offers last week, and is getting set for a busy summer. Kirby won't likely be at any individual prospect camps, but he will have a heavy 7-on-7 schedule, as his team likes to get out and compete at several camps.

Dondi Kirby picked up three offers last week, bringing his total offer sheet to 18. Much like the previous 15 schools who have offered, there's no favorite, and all schools are even.

"Just recently, this week, I was offered by Marshall," Kirby said. "Last week, it was Wisconsin and Purdue. The only thing I know about Marshall is that's where my favorite player went, Randy Moss. The Purdue coach told me a year ago, each one of their receivers had 40 catches. Wisconsin, I don't know too much about yet."

Kirby figures to take a few unofficial visits this summer. He's not sure where those visits will be, but he's hoping to take as many as possible. Same thing with the official visits--all five he'd like to take, with a college decision to come after those five, possibly close to or on signing day. Recently, he was nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, one of his individual goals for his senior season.

"It's definitely a great honor to get nominated," Kirby said. "Hopefully, I'll get to make it."

Kirby's summer will be full of 7-on-7 passing camps. The Gators will possibly be at Pitt's passing camp, and will also travel. Last year, they attended Michigan's 7-on-7 camp. According to Kirby, they haven't settled on any of the out of state ones yet.

In a couple weeks, the Gators will host 16 teams at a 7-on-7 tournament at their high school. That, for now, is the big one. Kirby said his team is focused on that for right now, without even looking ahead to a season-opener against Bishop McDevitt.

"It helps us a lot," Kirby said of the 7-on-7 work he gets in the summer. "It gets us ready for the season. Later in the (7-on-7) season, it helps us get used to the passing game."

Already, this spring, Kirby has been to the Schuman's National Underclassman Combine and the Nike Football Training Camp at State College.

"Shuman was a fun type of thing, I signed up for it, and went," Kirby said. "Penn State was excellent. I thought I did really good."

Kirby said he's at 6-3, 200 pounds right now. Originally, he was hoping to get to 205 for the start of the season, but is pleased being at 200. Though he is getting recruited as a corner, with his size, he could be moved to free safety, or he could play offense at receiver. His cover skills are a strength, and if he continues to develop, whatever college he ends up at may have a hard time moving him from corner.

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