DT Gets Final Piece Of Puzzle During Visit

Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey told ScarletReport.com last week his academics were in line for him to enroll at Rutgers in January. So, what happened during the 6-foot-1, 295-pounder's official visit that capped off his recruitment? Kirksey explains that to ScarletReport.com readers.

Defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey was already set on Rutgers. He committed there on signing day and he worked out there for a few weeks in July.

So, what transpired during his official visit over the weekend that was so important?

"I talked with (defensive line) coach (Randy) Melvin the whole time," Kirksey said. "He met my mom (Mercedes) for the first time. I'm looking forward to learning from him, and having him teach me everything he knows."

The 6-foot-1, 295-pound Kirksey was already sold on Rutgers, and his commitment wasn't wavering. He told ScarletReport.com last week he was eager to get to campus the weekend of Jan. 17, and his enthusiasm grew with the just-concluded visit.

However, having his mother on the visit, and here speaking with Melvin, tied a perfect bow on everything Rutgers.

"I wanted her to see his personality," Kirksey said.

Now, Kirksey can concentrate on Rutgers. He is expected to compete for playing time immediately.

Kirksey finishes his semester at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy on Friday, and like he told ScarletReport.com last week, he needs to finish up a math class to gain eligibility, but that is not expected to be a problem since he currently carries an ‘A' in the class..

His trip to Rutgers was to lay the groundwork for next month, and catch up with the friends he made over the summer, when he worked out with the Scarlet Knights before the NCAA questioned his transcripts. That led Kirksey to Fork Union for a few months.

"I'm already part of the team," Kirksey said. "This was a trip to get away from Fork Union and see my brothers again. It was great to see them again."

Kirksey, who was hosted by defensive end Justin Francis, made the trip with Rutgers commit and Fork Union teammate Tejay Johnson. The duo also spent time with defensive end commit Djwany Mera of Hargrave Military Academy (Chathan, Va.).

"It was great for all three of us. We went to bowling in New York and ate a lot of food," Kirksey said. "We all went out and hung out in (Francis') room and played a little ‘Call of Duty' and NCAA Football."

Did Kirksey hold his own?

"Was beating everybody," he said. "Me and (quarterback) Chas (Dodd) and (receiver Jeremy) Deering and Francis were catching up on old times."

Prior to departing for his final week at Fork Union, Kirksey met with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

"I love coach Schiano," Kirksey said. "He was giving me words of advice and telling me how it's going to be when I get up there. He told me to work hard and come in ready to play."

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